Sometimes you see an unbelievable act of nature like a flimsy straw embedded in hard oak or a house picked up by a tornado and set down a mile away without disturbing the china on the dining room table. I couldn’t actually believe it when I saw this video.
It is a documented act of nature called an ice shove. This one is a slowly advancing ice flow that is pushed up on land from a lake. It just keeps coming and very little can stand in its way. Outdoor furniture is pushed out of the way. Downspouts are ripped off houses. This ice flow even pushes in… well, you can watch the video and find out the massive power of this ice push for yourself.
An ice shove can occur when there are strong ocean currents or strong winds coming in off of a lake. The ice on the surface of the lake gets pushes (or shoved) onto the land. Ice can start to pile up high. Ice piles over 40 feet in height have been seen. Temperature differences can also trigger such an ice migration from a body of water to land.
This video was taken in Izatys Resort which is located in Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota. From the commentary of the people observing this amazing exhibition of power, the ice shove sounded like a train. You can also hear the tinkle from the shards of ice on the leading edge. A closer look makes an impression that this ice shove is actually walking on millions of ice legs.
What is truly remarkable is this ice shove is not that high, as it looks like well less than a foot and just a few inches in some places. Just don’t underestimate the power of an ice shove.