A Phenomenon made of Ice
In early March, whispers began to abound about an unusual feature on the ice south of Cable's Bay: from the air, it looked like someone had broken hundreds of huge blue mirrors. People driving by began to stop and trudge out onto the fractured glacial sheet. At a thousand feet from shore the phenomenon was seen to be the result of a crack-and-surge cycle that had broken chunks of thick, clear ice and stacked them upon themselves at every conceivable angle. The individual pieces were too big, too askew, and too numerous to navigate, but on a sunny day they transformed the landscape into a glimmering, magic kaleidoscope.
In their midst two ice caves were found, 12'-tall mounds hollowed out into workable igloos by a combination of extreme buckling and the churning of the snow-filled wind. By the middle of March the fame of these caves had spread far and wide, and a sunny Sunday brought the curious out; on the day we stopped, we met fourteen others who made their way out from shore through alternating slush, snow, and slippery-as-glass glare ice.
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