Giant rotating ice disk draws attention, visitors

Giant rotating ice disk draws attention, visitors
Associated Press
January 15, 2019
January 15, 2019 3:49 PM EST
In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 aerial image taken from a drone video and provided by the City of Westbrook, Maine, a naturally occurring ice disk forms on the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine.Tina Radel / AP
WESTBROOK, Maine — Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river.
A curious formation that’s getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 100 yards (91 metres) wide.
The formation in the Presumpscot River was widely shared on social media and has drawn comparisons to an alien spacecraft, a carousel and the moon.
The oddity drew a crowd that stood mesmerized by the slow-turning disk Tuesday afternoon in Westbrook.
The ice formation is believed to have formed naturally in a part of the river where there’s a circular current that creates a whirlpool effect, said Tina Radel, the city’s marketing and communications manager.
Locals say they’ve seen smaller ice disks before, but nothing like this one, Radel said.
Rob Mitchell, who owns a nearby office building, spotted the alien-looking disk Monday morning and immediately notified the city.
Officials say the disk is spinning slowly counter-clockwise, and has served as a big raft for ducks and other birds. “The ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan,” Mitchell said.
Another ice disk grabs attention in Maine
Associated Press
January 18, 2019
January 18, 2019 11:56 AM EST
This Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 provided by David Loome shows an ice disk that's about 30 or 40 feet across at Baxter State Park in Millinocket, Maine. It's smaller than the ice disk measuring about 100 yards across formed in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook and garnered media attention around the word. (Courtesy David Loome via AP) AP
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The massive ice disk that formed on a Maine river has a baby brother.
Officials at Baxter State Park in northern Maine shared a photo of an ice disk that’s about 30 or 40 feet wide, located in wilderness more than 200 miles north of much larger disk that formed in Westbrook.
Ranger Dave Loome said the perfect circle of ice stood out Wednesday when he cruised by Nesowdnehunk Stream on a snowmobile. He snapped a photo that went viral.
The first ice disk, about 100 yards wide, attracted international attention after it was spotted in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook.
Crowds were mesmerized as the naturally occurring disk spun slowly in Westbrook. It stopped once but a paddle-boarder managed to get it going again.
Giant Maine ice disk equipped with webcam after surviving storm
Associated Press
January 22, 2019
January 22, 2019 11:45 AM EST
In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 aerial image taken by a drone and provided by the City of Westbrook, Maine, a naturally occurring ice disk forms on the Presumpscot River. (Tina Radel/City of Westbrook via AP)
WESTBROOK, Maine — Maine’s giant spinning ice disk that quickly gained international fame survived the weekend winter weather that pummeled New England and now has its own webcam.
The webcam in Westbrook monitors the disk that’s been spinning in the Presumpscot River for more than a week and continues its counterclockwise rotation. The Portland Press Herald reports the disk has enjoyed increased notoriety, due to its unusually large size — about 100 yards (91 metres) across.
Westbrook official Tina Radel says the livestream was requested by Brown University, which asked for a webcam to monitor the eventual demise of the disk.
The disk had gotten stuck last Wednesday, but was later freed by a Freeport man.
Too bad you couldn't jog on it. All is good until the guy with the jet boat decides to help it spin a little faster.
Some river pic I saw had lots of small ones, that same principle is repeated in the Arctic with Greenland acting as the 'trimmer'.

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