Rare ice pancakes formed on rivers in Scotland and England

(ORDO NEWS) — Dozens of amazingly perfect circles of ice, known as “ice pancakes”, have appeared on the surface of a Scottish river after the temperature in the UK unexpectedly plummeted.

Callum Sinclair, project manager for the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI), spotted the stunning circular ice floes on Dec. 9 on the River Bladnoch in Wigtownshire, Scotland.

Photos of the unusual ice pancakes taken by Sinclair were posted on SISI’s Twitter page on December 13, along with a short video showing the ice disks colliding with each other and being swept downstream by the fast current.

Ice pancakes are relatively rare structures that tend to form in very cold oceans, lakes and rivers, according to the UK Met Office.


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