The Siberian Gulf of Ob has been the stage of an unusual natural phenomenon which led to the formation of a series of huge snowballs, approximately the size of a snowman’s head.
The Gulf of Ob in Siberia and its neighboring village, Nyda, have come to the public’s attention after village residents started posting pictures of a neatly aligned army of huge snowballs.
The huge snowballs, which cover 11.2 miles of the Siberian gulf coastline and come to be almost 3.28 feet across are believed to have been formed due to a rare natural phenomenon.
Nobody is as yet sure how the huge snow formations have come to form, but the common belief points to their being helped along by an environmental mix up which doesn’t occur too often.
The phenomenon sees ice fragments being constantly and gradually rolled into the observed spherical shape by a combination of the area’s ice formation methods, temperatures, and ocean currents may have contributed if not lead to the snowballs.
One of the first to explain the unusually huge snowballs was the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute press secretary, Sergei Lisenkov, which went to explain them for a Russian television.
Lisenkov declared that the first natural element to be taken into consideration has to be ice, be it sludge or slob. Such formations are usually found on the surface of the water and have come to refer to densely packed snow and ice formations.
This ice formations were then subjected to the area’s wind effects and local temperatures as all the elements were influenced by the coastline and its position and natural system.
Still, a series of uncommon and rare combinations between each of the contributing factors had to be reached so as to result in such unusually huge snowballs.
The Siberian Times journal also received a similar explanation from a Nyda spokesperson as they also attributed the formations to a combination of natural elements.
According to the Nyda representative, the first contributing factor was the rise in the gulf water levels which came into contact and mixed with frost. After the waters began to slowly retreat from the beach, which was covered in ice, the respective fragments were influenced by the winds.
As the pieces of ice started being moved through the still wet sand of the beach, they started rolling and transformed into the current spherical formations.
The huge snowballs caused quite a stir, as not even the town elders could remember having ever seen such an uncommon phenomenon.
However, such huge formations have been spotted before, although they are rare, in both the European Gulf of Finland and in the United States Lake Michigan area.
University Space Research Association experts established the Lake Michigan huge snowballs as having formed due to a water turbulence. As the icy slush was broken into pieces, the latter elements were rolled around in the cold water and turned into snowballs.
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