Massive spinning ice disk forms in USA river

Spinning in the Presumpscot River this alien-looking ice disk has Westbrook Maine all abuzz

Sadly, scientists say that ice circles are rare, but perfectly natural - and are not the work of aliens in flying saucers. Good Morning America did a feature from its river banks. His web development firm is located on the fourth story of a building which looks out onto the river.

In fact, one ice physicist that the Times spoke too, Kenneth G. Libbrecht, says this may just be a world record, if anyone were keeping track of such things.

Ice disks occur at bends in rivers where faster water creates a force that chips away edges as the ice spins.

Photos shared on the City of Westbrook Facebook page showed birds perched atop the spinning ice. "The ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan", he said.

The Portland Press Herald reports the disc is roughly 300 feet (91 meters) in diameter.

Some tourists walked on the thin ice of the circle, posing and taking photographs, and one swimmer braved the -20C temperatures to dive off the disk and swim in the icy river water.

Physicist professor John Huth of Harvard University told The Boston Globe.

A behemoth disk of spinning ice formed in ME this week. "So most likely the cause of the rotation is just the river water going by the disk and once it starts rotating in that direction it's probably going to continue".

City officials went the extra mile and captured stunning images of the disk with a camera drone.

Maine's Presumpscot River is no longer just a run-of-the-mill waterway, thanks to a recently formed, enormous icy disk that's shocking locals with its size and continued counterclockwise rotation.

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