Onlookers flock to swirling ice disk

A Maine river's current has once again led to a swirling disk of ice, drawing onlookers aplenty to the region. The disks form because the current and vortex under the ice.


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January 18, 2022 - 7:58 AM

Onlookers have gathered once again to see an unusual ice formation along the Presumpscot River in Maine. Underwater currents create this unusual ice disk. Photo by

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A swirling disk of ice on a Maine river is drawing onlookers in the heart of winter once again.

The disk has formed in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook. A handful of dog-walkers and onlookers stopped to gaze at the curious ice formation on a chilly Thursday morning around dawn.

The disk drew fans from around the globe when it first appeared in the river in 2019. It also partially formed in 2020.

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