Good news! We don't have to go to the dwarf planet Ceres to experience ice volcanoes. We have our own version of this frosty phenomenon here on Earth.
The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, shared some spectacular views of "ice volcanoes" gushing out of Lake Michigan during a cold front over the weekend.
"It was a great day to visit the beach and see how the waves interact with the ice", NWS Grand Rapids tweeted on Sunday along with a photo of the exotic looking eruptions on the oval Beach.
It is easy to see how ice volcanoes earned their nickname. NWS Grand Rapids published a close-up photo showing the cone-shaped ice with an explosion of muddy water spewing from the top.
Michigan Technological University has an explanation for ice volcanoes: "At the front edge of the ice shelf, cones form when they spread out into the lake. When the waves, driven by strong onshore winds, feel on the ground, they build After the ice shelf builds up, the waves continue to move under the ice and are pushed upwards by cracks and previously formed cones. "
The cones can reach heights of over 8 meters. and the resulting mud flags can be impressive. Check out the collection of Michigan Tech ice volcano photos, including one with an observer escaping an icy eruption.
If you personally discover an ice volcano, you may want to avoid it.