Ice Fractures on Candlewood Lake

February 20, 2003

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Provided and copyright by: Steve Kluge, Fox Lane High School
Summary authors & editors: Steve Kluge

The ice that formed on Candlewood Lake, in southwest Connecticut, in January of 2003 was remarkably clear, dark, and smooth. On this particular day, the ice averaged about 8 inches (20 cm) thick, and fractures that developed in the ice created these intricate patterns. Shearing forces, where the fractures "took a turn," produced the multiple, roughly parallel, vertical fractures pictured here. The area of the photo covers approximately 2 square ft. (0.2 square m).

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