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Giant rotating ice disk draws attention, visitors

/ 06:12 PM January 16, 2019

WESTBROOK, Maine — Think of it as a crop circle, but in a river.

Ice Disk

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. Image: Tina Radel/City of Westbrook via AP

A curious formation that’s getting attention in Greater Portland is actually a spinning ice disk that is roughly 100 yards (91 meters) wide.

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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. NVG

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TOPICS: crop circle, ice, ice disk, Maine, Portland, USA
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