Winter storms have dumped snow and brought bone-chilling cold to New England this week. But it’s also brought a rare, breath-taking ice formation to one Maine river.
In the city of Westbrook, Maine — just a 20-minute drive east of Portland — a near-perfect disk of ice has formed in the Presumpscot River.
According to city officials, the disk is about 300 feet wide — about the size of a football field.
The disk formed because of the varying currents of the river. While part of the river flows quickly in a straight line, currents near the other bank flow in a lazy semi-circle. The slower currents caused that portion of the river to freeze over, and the clockwise motion caused ice to form in a disk shape.
Some compared the disk to an alien spaceship.