How ice forms on the big lake

The ice that would typically form in late November or certainly in December in past years is finally beginning to form on the Lake Michigan shore.
Mark Brooky
Jan 22, 2013


In her blog entry on Monday, Barbara Spring — who lives along the big lake in Grand Haven, and is the author of environmental books as well as poetry — took an excerpt from one of her books that explained how ice forms.

"The first crystals of ice begin where water meets the shore," Spring wrote. "Ice crystals must have something solid to cling to in order to form. This is why ice does not form out in the middle of lakes first, but begins to build along the shoreline.

"When the temperature plummets and the water takes on a steely sheen, ice gains a toehold on the shore. Crystals of ice build into a formation known as an ice foot. The ice foot builds out into the lake and eventually becomes a strong seawall that will protect sandy beaches from erosion during fierce winter storms."

To read more of Spring's blogs, click here.

Her book, "The Dynamic Great Lakes," is available at The Bookman in Grand Haven.



How ice forms on the big lake...It gets really cold! Now wasn't that easier? Oh...keep your chin up Barb!


I wasn't aware she had a book, thank you for putting out this information. I will go look for it at the Bookman. I look forward to your work Mark, I always learn something about my beloved little town, thank you.


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