Alexandra Falls Ice Cone

Huge cone of ice below of Alexandra Falls on the Hay River, NWT (Canada), April 16, 2012

When Jen Nafziger and Liming Zhao (both PhD students in the UofA River Ice Group) were in Hay River doing field work recently, they were amazed to see this huge ice cone at Alexandra Falls – it’s  nearly as high as the falls (~30 m, or ~100 feet, high).  They were also amazed to see ski tracks and footprints leading up to the crest of the ice cone.

For comparison, see the 2008 photo of the falls posted earlier. It’s also interesting to note that the sail on the lip of the falls is much smaller this year.

Note – to see a BBC video clip that describes our river ice research at Hay River click here.   For those of you in the UK and EU – you can watch the same video clip on the Frozen Planet website.

(photo by J. Nafziger, UofA River Ice Group: Canon PowerShot SD4500, f/4, ISO-125, FL 6 mm, 1/2000 sec. exposure time)

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About Faye Hicks

I am a professor emeritus, civil engineer, animal lover and writer.
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