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Ice phenomena - Pancake ice and flammable ice bubbles

7th March, 2017

Whilst ice on the roads and pavements can be a real danger if not gritted professionally, occasionally ice, in its most natural state, can be a beauty to behold. Like these two ice phenomena.

Ice pancakes
These can be found in rivers and the open sea. They form when foam floating on a river freezes. These frozen chunks are then shaped by being rubbed against one another in eddies of water to form beautiful pancake shapes fit for Shrove Tuesday. They are often spotted on Scottish rivers.

Flammable ice bubbles
Beautiful on the outside but hazardous on the inside, these frozen bubbles are really frozen pockets of methane, a highly flammable gas, that can explode at any given time. Often found on Alberta’s Lake Abraham in the US, they occur where dead leaves or animals fall into the water. Bacteria attacks them and ejects the methane in the form of bubbles which then freeze when they comes into contact with the frozen water. 

Book your winter gritting
Whilst you shouldn’t have to contend with ice pancakes or exploding ice bubbles on your premises you’ll still need to protect your customers, visitors and staff from ice on the roads, car parks and pavements. Make sure your winter gritting and snow clearing is organised. Call us today on 01728 633900 for a quote tailored to your needs. 

Ice pancakes in Scotland

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