Saturday, February 15, 2014

Formation of an Ice Geyser (Ice Volcano) in Apartment Complex Pond

I was fascinated with a lump of ice forming around the fountain in our apartment complex pond. We've had an extremely cold winter, which gave this ice geyser (or ice volcano as I like to call it) plenty of time to form over several weeks.

Joining the ranks of other icy solar system bodies, such as Saturn's moon Enceladus, Jupiter's moon Europa, and recently the dwarf planet Ceres - our apartment complex pond is in good company.

When they finally turned the fountain off, this is the peak ice volcano size!
Here is a series of photos documenting the formation of the ice volcano, beginning on January 29, 2014 and ending when they finally turned the fountain off on February 13, 2014. It grew quickly in about 2 weeks total!

January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014

January 31, 2014

February 7, 2014

February 7, 2014

February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014

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