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ice trees

Posted by Erika Barthelmess,
North Country explorer from Canton, NY
March 30, 2016

On my walk this morning I discovered this interesting spring effect on the ground, resulting in some beautiful ice formations. My hypothesis about how this happens is that now the ground is too warm for ice to form, but while we are getting below-freezing temps at night and while the soil surface is moist, ice crystals form upward, resulting in this very interesting pattern on the ground.