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Lake Superior ice stacking shown in video filmed by Dawn M. LaPointe

Lake Superior ice stacking

Dawn M. LaPointe, known on YouTube as RadiantSpiritGallery, filmed a video of ice stack on Lake Superior on Feb. 13, 2016.

A mesmerizing video of ice shattering on frozen Lake Superior in Minnesota is making its rounds on social media.

Dawn M. LaPointe, known on YouTube as RadiantSpiritGallery, posted the video to the website on Feb. 13, 2016. LaPointe recorded the phenomenon in Canal Park.

“I anticipated there would be some ice stacking as the massive sheets of ice met the rugged shorelines, so I headed to Brighton Beach,” LaPointe wrote on YouTube. “The big lake did not disappoint!”

Ice stacking occurs when high winds force sheets of ice onto the shoreline. LaPointe said four hours of steady 12- to 15-mph winds led to the movement. Conditions during two hours of filming ranged from minus 8 degrees to 3 degrees with minus 20 to minus 8 degrees windchill.

“The seemingly endless ice sheets broke into large plates and stacked on shore, sounding much like breaking glass,” LaPointe said. “The sights and sounds were incredible!”

LaPointe said she witnessed smoke whisking across the surface of the lake by the breeze and ice segments sparkling.

The video has been viewed 443,867 times on YouTube, was circulated widely on Twitter and was trending on Facebook Saturday.

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