Pancake Ice Over Sebago Lake

January 22, 2015

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Photographer: John Stetson
Summary Authors: John Stetson; Jackie Phillips; Jim Foster

The photo above shows pancake ice along the shore of Sebago Lake in southern Maine, on January 7, 2014. As waves cause sections of ice to collide, their edges become raised and rounded. The result of this contact is ice rounded into the shape of pancakes. This feature is most common in the very cold oceans around Antarctica and on the Baltic Sea. Despite a week of subfreezing temperatures, it wasn't until the morning of the 8th that the lake was completely ice covered -- 9 days later than last year. 

Photo Details: Camera Model: NIKON D700; Lens: AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D; Focal Length: 50.0mm (35mm equivalent: 50mm); Aperture: ƒ/14.0; Exposure Time: 0.013 s (1/80); ISO equiv: 200; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh.