Ice Fractures on Candlewood Lake
February 20, 2003
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).