New mysteries: Ice circles around the world

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An unusual rotating ice circle, normally found in the cooler rivers of Scandinavia or North America (see picture above), has formed in the UK waterways. The cause of the rare phenomenon is unclear, with very little scientific evidence available to explain the formation of the discs. UFO-enthusiasts claim that, like crop circles, the perfect discs are created by visiting aliens, but scientists believe the extreme cold weather combined with an unusual current is the more likely reason. The 10ft disc was seen by a rambler on the River Otter in Devon (see picture below), who estimated that it was spinning through 360 degrees every four minutes. The Meteorological Office said today that they could not ice-circle-devonexplain why the ice circle appeared last week. “We’re kind of a bit stumped to be honest,” a spokesman said. “Our best guess, and it is a guess, would be that it was formed by some kind of a circular eddy set up in the river. We have not seen anything like this before and we’ve no idea why they seem to be more common in Scandinavia.” The disc was spotted on January 7 as temperatures in southern England reached as low as minus 10C. The freeze caused unusual behaviour amongst British wildlife, which is ill prepared for such conditions. The rare cold snap may also have caused the ice formation, which has been recently recorded and investigated in the US and Sweden. Photographs of the phenomenon als emerged from Russia recently, and it appears that the discs are quite common in Norway as well as Sweden, where they have been recorded on the River Ljusnan measuring up to 200m wide, as well as on the River Pite and on Lake Hotagssjon. (Source: Times Online)

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