Published: Thu, January 17, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Giant ice disk forms in ME river, drawing comparisons to UFO

Giant ice disk forms in ME river, drawing comparisons to UFO

A CURIOUS spinning ice disc almost 300 feet wide in a U.S. river is attracting mystified crowds.

A similar, though smaller, paddy of ice formed in the Sheyenne River in North Dakota in November 2013, Live Science previously reported.

Scientists say the formation of ice discs is rare but natural, but the surreal appearance of the disk has led to speculation of alien intervention.

"It's still spinning, so it could get even larger", Radel told the Boston Globe. "We are only allowed to fly 400 feet high with the drone, and I wish I could have gone even higher [directly above it], because I could get the whole thing - that's how wide it is".

The city of Westbrook, Maine shared fantastic images on Monday of a giant frozen disk that formed on the Presumpscot River.

"It looks like a picture from space", wrote Tiffany Nelson on the city's Facebook page.

The ice circle, also known as an ice disc, first was spotted Monday and it kept growing.

Paul Nakroshis, an associate professor of physics at the University of Southern Maine, tells Maine Public Radio that the formation of the ice disks is not totally understood.

Mitchell said he notified city officials as soon as he spotted the unusual, counterclockwise-rotating disk.

Take a look for yourself in the video above.

'The ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan, ' Mr Mitchell quipped. Within the bounds of the disk, the river's water is frozen in place, propelled by passing currents to rotate slowly like a giant, icy turntable. "Because of the rotation, and probably occasional bumping into the shoreline - and the fact that the ice is freezing into a solid plate, the ice that gathered in the eddy was trapped and worked into a giant disk".

While Westbrook's disk won't be beating the Little Falls disk in diameter, it could grow in size with more snow on the way.

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