Montana Outdoors

November 19, 2014

Galaxies in the ice: an update

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 1:19 pm

After some research on the bubbles in the ice I found that the bubbles are formed when plants on the pond bottom release methane gas and the bubbles freeze when they reach the cold surface of the pond, with further bubbles stacking up below. The ice on the pond in which these bubbles are frozen is 6″ to 12″ thick.

Methane bubbles frozen in ice

Methane bubbles frozen in ice

Methane bubbles frozen in ice

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