On Yamal the banks of the river strewn ice balls

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Residents of the village of Nyda found on the coast of the Ob Bay in the Yamal unusual natural phenomenon — a lot of ice balls with a diameter from 10 to 25 centimeters, which was formed due to the snow, followed by thaw and heavy storm.

“At this time, there is a lot of snow, and the water arrived. Along the shore formed snow blocks with ice and when the waves, strong waves began to break up masses of snow into pieces and roll them in the sand. Chunks of ice began to grow. And get balls of different sizes,” — said the representative of the village administration Valery Nyda.

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His explanation of the origin of ice balls given by specialists of the Arctic and Antarctic research Institute (AARI).

“This is a rare natural phenomenon. As a rule, first is the primary natural phenomena such as grease ice, Shuga. And then it’s a combination of the wind, shape of the coastline and the temperature-wind regime. It can be such an original combination, which leads to rolling of and education that these balls” — the press Secretary of the Arctic and Antarctic research Institute Sergei Lisenkova.

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