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Amazing Striped Icebergs – Lake Michigan Icebergs Pictures

by scott on February 11, 2010

Amazing Striped Icebergs
Update: apparently these are not from Lake Michigan, but from the Arctic .. I have confirmed with various sources … too bad they aren’t

thanks everyone for the updates and correct info.

LAKE MICHIGAN ICEBERGS … Truly Awesome

Icebergs in  Lake Michigan  sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions. Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form. When an iceberg falls into the lake, a layer of water can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe. Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the lake.

Lake Michigan Icebergs with sediment

Lake Michigan Icebergs with sediment

Lake Michigan Iceberg with Sediment

Lake Michigan Iceberg with Sediment

Lake Michigan Iceberg with Sediment

Lake Michigan Iceberg with Sediment

Sediment within an Iceberg on Lake Michigan

Sediment within an Iceberg on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Pictures – Nature is amazing!

The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice.  That’s what it is like in  Lake Michigan where it is the coldest weather in decades.  Water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air  The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing. Just look at how the wave froze in mid-air.

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

Frozen Wave Icebergs on Lake Michigan

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Christa Watson February 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm

These are absolutely fantastic! Being from FL I had no idea about waves in lake Michigan… these lakes are way different from ours hehe. Thanks for the post!

Alan Bleiweiss February 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

These are the most exquisite photos of icebergs I have ever seen! And I have no clue that icebergs even existed on Lake Michigan til now! Just wow!

Mike Stenger February 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm

If I didn’t know, I’d think these photos were taken in the arctic or something, just wow!

Christy February 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

These icebergs are not in Lake Michigan! Some of the pictures are from the Artic. It is true icebergs do form colors, but there aren’t any here in Michigan!

Check out the following: http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/stripedicebergs.asp
You can find them

tommi2009 February 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

Come on. does anyone REALLY think these iceburgs are in Lake Michigan???

Of course they’re not. No one has seen anything like a true iceburg in Lake Michigan because there’s never been one!! These are from Antarctica.

Amanda March 2, 2010 at 8:04 am

The pictures are great, but we do not have those types of “iceburgs”.

yoopergirl March 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

Beautiful pictures, but Lake Michigan? Ha! Lake Michigan NEVER, repeat NEVER gets that cold. Even Lake Superior which I am currently looking at out my window never gets that cold! If you look a little further online, you will find that these are actually from Antarctica. Someone’s idea of a joke. The actual Lake Michigan icebergs you can find are not quite the same! Anyway, wherever they are, they ARE beautiful! God’s creation never disappoints.

Randell Crank March 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Hahahahaha! What kind of doofbag thought these were from Lake Michigan? If you weren’t taught any more critical thinking than that, you probably should always be in the company of competent adult supervision.

Miss Rhonda April 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Not sure what you are trying to prove by passing these off as being in Lake Michigan. These are not in the Great Lakes. yoopergirl summarized it quite nicely.

Araujodrei April 15, 2010 at 9:31 am

Amazing places… God bless you!

Patty June 11, 2010 at 11:57 pm

I and my children love so much about your rare beautiful pictures, Thanks.

Shel October 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm

OMG!! These pics are amazing, Mother Nature is so beautiful…

John McLeod January 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

I have seen these many times on Lake Michigan. It’s a combination of super cold, global warming, algae, sediment and scotch.

maria January 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

The last time these exact pictures were sent to me, they were from antarctica.
So where are they from really?

Miriam English February 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

As many have already responded, they aren’t from Lake Michigan, but they aren’t from the Arctic either. They are from the other end of the Earth — Antarctica. The first pictures were taken by Norwegian Oyvind Tangen on a research vessel near Antarctica, and the “frozen wave” pictures were taken by astrophysicist Tony Travouillon also in Antarctica, but they are not frozen waves. They are formed by glacial movement. It is impossible for a large mass of water to freeze solid quickly enough to freeze a wave — too much heat would have to be extracted too quickly, and water just can’t conduct heat away quickly enough. Check out:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/striped-icebergs.shtml
http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_frozen_wave8.htm
http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/stripedicebergs.asp

But thank you for the desire to share beautiful pictures anyway. Nature certainly is awesome!

Debbie D. February 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

These photos are from the antactic, not the artic according to snopes. Check it out!

BETTY DOANE February 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I HAVE LIVED IN MICHIGAN ALL MY LIFE AND DID NOT KNOW THAT LAKE MICHIGAN HAD ICEBERGS…THEY ARE PRETTY AWESOME LOOKING IF THEY ACTUALLY WERE IN LAKE MICHIGAN..EVEN IF THEY ARENT FROM LK.MICHIGAN THEY STILL ARE PRETTY AWESOME..:)

William Krusniak March 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I GREW UP AROUND LAKE MICHIGAN AND NEVER EVER WITNESSED ANY ICE BERG EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i AM FROM MANISTEE, MICHIGAN. THINK ABOUT IT,IF YOU HAVE AN ICE BERG THAT IS 30 FEET HIGH THAT MEANS THAT THE ICE BERG HAS TO BE AT LEAST 5 TO 10 TIMES BIGGER UNDER THE WATER AND IT WOULD NEVER REALLY MELT, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND THERE WAS NEVER EVER A SINKING OR SIGHTING OF AN ICE BERG IN LAKE MICHIGAN IN THE MIDDLE OF LAKE MICHIGAN WHEN IT’S 85 DEGREES OUT! IS IS GLOBAL WARMING OR AN ICE AGE? HMMMMMMMM!!!!

William Krusniak March 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

This is true B.S……. I grew up around Lake Michigan and never ever witnessed an ice berg of any size. So, when I was fishing in the middle of Lake Michigan and never ever seen these I must have been on drugs! No wait, the person who posted this is laughing on how gullable (sp?) you all are thinking this is from Lake Michigan and not the Artic or Anartic. Give me a few more beers and I would agree it’s from Lake Michigan too!

CupcakezRox June 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm

This is really exquisit…but it doesnt look like they would be from lake Michigan….it looks more along the lines of the arctic circle…so plz dont make stuff up by saying these are from Lake Michigan…im doing a project on the lake, and i dont want lies >:O

Wai Man Choi January 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

Ah ha, they are all arctic frozen sea waves………………

Home School Teacher February 20, 2014 at 9:45 am

Thank you so much for posting this highly educational pictures. I home school my kids so we always looking for things to teach about science. In Florida we don’t have lakes that have iceburgs but some day we hope to go to Michigan to watch the waves freeze. It must sure be cold. Do they have penguins in Michigan like at the north pole?

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