There’s a giant spinning ice disk in Maine that has its own webcam and social media presence.
Welcome to the 21st century, where even the totally natural phenomenon of a giant spinning disk of ice has enough technology surrounding it to shock and amaze a 19th century human being. This is what we use our great gifts for folks--we are, as a species, way too starved for entertainment.
On January 16th, a giant floating disk made out ice formed in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine. This isn’t anything particularly new: ice disks have formed in rivers before. The whirlpool of the current can sometimes cause ice crystals to get trapped in the circular motion of the current and start to combine into a disk, getting larger and larger as more ice gathers at its edges. Then it gets so large it starts hitting the shoreline, which sands down the edges into a perfect circle.
It looks otherworldly, which might explain why it’s getting so much media attention. It’s also 300 feet wide and sitting in the downtown area of Westbrook, so it’s pretty hard to miss.
The giant disk has been slowly turning for a week now. You can spot the rotation thanks to two flags that have been planted on the disk: an American flag in the center and a gay pride flag near the edge. We’re not sure what this says about the disk’s orientation, but it does confirm it supports gay marriage in America.
I mean, it’s Maine, so that could have been assumed.
The disk has gotten so famous that it now has a webcam set up at Brown University to track its slow rotation. You check out a new photo every minute over on MooseheadWebcams.com, which also has a lovely time-lapse video of the disk in action.
And of course, the disk has a Twitter profile. Because it’s 2019.
(Source: Portland Press Herald)