Fascinating ICE VOLCANOES form on a US beach leaving spectators stunned – ‘Very cool!’

Ice volcanoes appeared along the shores of Lake Erie in Michigan three years after the previous ones formed, with photos of the phenomenon having been captured by a staff member of the NWS Grand Rapids, Sputnik News reports. An employee tweeted: “You never know what you’ll find at the lake until you go out there… Today it was volcanoes.” Social media went wild for the pictures that show a large mound on ice with water gushing from the top.

One commenter said: “Those are some of the best ice volcano photos I have seen, I have seen them on the east end of Lake Erie as well!”

Another added: “Very cool.”

A third asked: “What’s going on in the picture? Are the ice-volcanoes just a result of perspective from the water hitting the ice, or are they actually little mini-volcanoes made of ice?”

A fourth said: “Probably the most fascinating winter phenomena on the Great Lakes, besides lake-effect snow.”

A fifth added: “That’s so unbelievably awesome!”

Ice volcanos are not in fact volcanoes at all but instead spew water from the top in a volcano-style.

They are also hollow in the middle, and dangerous to attempt to climb.

Tom Niziol, a contributor for Weather Underground’s Category 6 blog, explained how they work in a Facebook post.

He said: These are some of the best photos of ice volcanoes I have seen. I remember seeing these on the east end of Lake Erie several years ago.

“They are really unique!!

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“They form as water is pushed under the ice sheet and as the pressure builds up the water shoots out through holes in the ice. If it’s very cold, then that spray freezes up eventually building a cone-like the ones we see here.

“They can be very dangerous to climb on, however, because they are hollow and built over that hole in the ice.

“Don’t ever go venturing out onto them.”

Ice volcanoes are also more likely to form near large bodies of water.

Matt Benz, a meteorologist for AccuWeather, said: “It’s almost a Goldilocks situation where you need just the right conditions over a period of time to get these [formations] to develop.”

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The volcanoes developed on February 15 to 16, it was revealed.

Mr Benz said the winds were “ideal for pushing waves right into the shoreline at this location”.

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