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Watch (and Listen) as Frozen Lake Superior Crashes Ashore in Incredible Sheets of Ice: VIDEO

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The winter season may be over, but its frigid effects are still being felt in many parts of the country. Michigan’s Great Lakes, for example, have been 80-90 percent covered in ice, the highest measurements since 1979! 

YouTube user Jamie Rabold recently camped out on the edge of Lake Superior and shot some impressive footage of this frozen behemoth slowly pushing itself ashore.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP



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  1. Wow

    Posted by: Bubba | Mar 28, 2014 2:45:17 PM

  2. haha, I would NOT have been standing there calmly filming this.

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 28, 2014 2:52:48 PM

  3. All that ice.
    Perfect for a drink on this Friday!

    Posted by: Michel | Mar 28, 2014 3:52:20 PM

  4. Well at least it looks like it is breaking up. I am a little bit south of there on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. It looks like our ice is going away, and not a moment too soon. Just a few ice volcanoes left. Up there in the U.P. it is gonna be a long cold spring from the looks of it. Just have to snuggle up to the bear you love I guess.

    Posted by: Adam | Mar 28, 2014 4:13:05 PM

  5. You make it sound as if only Michigan has the Great Lakes. There are a lot of other states with Great Lake shores.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 28, 2014 4:20:45 PM

  6. Well, yes, Mike in the Tundra, there are other states. . and even another nation. . . surrounding the Great Lakes. But Michigan is the only entity that touches 4 out of the 5. I think that gives them the right to talk?

    Posted by: Christopher | Mar 28, 2014 4:58:23 PM

  7. "1979!" eh? That's only 35 years, Kyler. Remember your audience. Many of us were alive (even adults!) then. More important, when dealing with cycles of natural phenomena, a period of decades (and sometimes even centuries) is often not of any particular noteworthiness. So, the exclamation point feels a little over-dramatic. :-)

    Also, they aren't "Michigan's" Great Lakes anymore than it is "Texas's" Gulf of Mexico. There are 8 states (from MN to NY) bordering the Great Lakes. Michigan may border 4 of the 5 lakes, but then again, so does Ontario, Canada.

    Not that the Great Lakes system doesn't deserve exclamation points. It is powerful and vast beyond most people's realization or imagination. Collectively, the Great Lakes hold over 20% of all the fresh water in the world. A large portion of the system's waters will ultimately pass over Niagara Falls at a rate of about 750,000 gallons per SECOND. There are approximately 30,000 islands in the Great Lakes.

    The videos posted here are of Lake Superior which alone, by volume, is the largest freshwater lake in the world, roughly the same size as the entire state of South Carolina. However impressive all the crashing here is, try to imagine it happening all around the roughly 1,500+ MILE shoreline of this one lake.

    Posted by: Buster | Mar 28, 2014 5:28:58 PM

  8. And thank goodness it wasn't a vertical video!

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Mar 28, 2014 7:17:49 PM

  9. Reminds me of when I try to clean the dishes.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 28, 2014 7:31:21 PM

  10. This site has all the warmth of a frozen lake--thawing.

    Posted by: Gare | Mar 28, 2014 10:44:22 PM

  11. Sorry Christopher, Michigan isn't the only entity to touch 4 of the 5 Great Lakes, the province of Ontario touches 4 as well.

    Posted by: Ray | Mar 28, 2014 10:47:00 PM

  12. You're right. I looked at the map wrong and missed where Quebec's border was. Can I say Michigan has the most lakefront shoreline?

    Posted by: Christopher | Mar 28, 2014 11:25:28 PM

  13. No, you may not speak of Michigan, especially not where Lake Superior is concerned. Clearly, that footage was filmed in the great State of Wisconsin. Upper Michigan is merely a peninsula we don't want. I don't know how they managed to get Lake Wisconsin renamed, but come the post-apocalypse, we will be taking over both the UP and Lake Wisconsin. To hell with Michigan. On Wisconsin!

    Posted by: Mike in Wisconsin | Mar 29, 2014 8:23:42 AM

  14. "Michigan's Great Lakes"? The Great Lakes aren't just Michigan's. Try Ohio, Illinois, New York, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota also.

    Anyway, the video is awesome.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 29, 2014 11:47:12 AM

  15. MIKE IN WISCONSIN: Lake Wisconsin is a man-made lake developed on 1914 north of Madison. It still has it's name.

    There was a Glacial Lake Wisconsin, also in the central part of the state back 14,000 yrs ago. It drained in a matter of days long ago.

    Posted by: Christopher | Mar 29, 2014 6:09:46 PM

  16. And you Never have a Flame Thrower when you Need one!
    Holy Sheet...of Ice!


    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Mar 30, 2014 1:57:52 AM

  17. "The videos posted here are of Lake Superior which alone, by volume, is the largest freshwater lake in the world,"

    Nope, it's Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 4, 2014 1:06:07 PM

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