February 22, 2016 9:15am CST
A few years ago I went ice fishing with my husband on a back water of the Kankakee River. It was an incredibly cold winter and the river froze. In Illinois no matter how cold it gets you do not walk on river ice. Because of the flow of rivers the ice is never safe. But the back waters are a different story. There is much less flow sometimes no flow at all on a back water so typically that ice is much safer. What I found so fascinating was as the level of the river went down that winter the ice stayed where it had formed. This shot shows the different layers of ice that had formed as the river froze, and then receded. It shows 4 different layers of ice as the river water receded. The 4th layer was the layer I was standing on. Also if you look at the trees you can see a white mark. This is how high the river got that previous spring. Water is a fascinating thing no matter if it is free flowing or solid ice.
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• Midland, Michigan
5 Mar 16
So the layers of ice were melting with air between each layer? I've never seen anything like that before. I do know how deep spring waters can get as we have a river in back of the senior complex where my mother lives. A few years ago, when everything melted, the waters of the river encroached over the road in back of the building and up the hill somewhat. There's another section of the same river that will completely cover a gold course and play area for the kids in the summer. Our city also has a rather tall cement park area for skateboarders. That's been mostly under water in the past too. Maybe I can get a picture of that another year, actually, I did get a picture of the river near my moms when that happened in the last couple of years.But, i'm sure I didn't tag the photo and it could take a while to find it.