‘Crop circle’ forms on icy ME river

Alien-looking, gigantic rotating ice disk forms in Maine river

The massive, frozen sheet can be seen churning down the middle of Presumpscot River, which cuts through Westbrook, an old mill city west of Portland, Maine.

A CURIOUS spinning ice disc almost 300 feet wide in a USA river is attracting mystified crowds.

According to the Press Herald, a web developer whose company has an office overlooking the river where the disk formed estimates the disk as being 300 feet in diameter and rotating counterclockwise.

As if a seemingly-alien ice disc wasn't enough reason for locals to be a bit anxious about their place in the universe, the Portland Press Herald notes that a "giant snake eating a beaver", dubbed locally as "Wessie", was spotted nearby in 2016.

"The ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan", Mitchell said.

A giant slow-turning ice disk, measuring approximately 91m (298ft) wide, has formed in the Presumpscot River in the city of Westbrook.

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As the disc rotates, it grinds against surrounding ice - smoothing into a flawless circle.

A river ice hydraulics expert, Steven Daly, told the NY Times there are only one or two reports of these kind of ice disks in the United States every year, and even then they are never this huge, usually forming in the 20 to 30 foot range. "It was a big duck-go-round".

Such disks can form when when icy sludge becomes frozen in an eddy or when a piece of ice starts to spin and is shaped as it hits water and rocks, TheNew York Times reported.

Westbrook is a city of 17,500 just to the west of Portland.

Steven Daly of the Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory told The New York Times that rotating ice disks don't occur frequently in the U.S., with reports popping up once or twice a year.

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