Candle Ice

Candle Ice on the Mackenzie River at Fort Providence, May 1992

Ice melts first at the crystal boundaries and so, as columnar ice melts, it forms these long candle like pieces. In some northern communities, it is traditional to put candle ice in your first spring drink to celebrate the end of winter.

(Photos by UofA River Ice Group, 1992) 


About Faye Hicks

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