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Ice basketballs on shore at Sleeping Bear Dunes

January 10, 2014

GLEN HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — The ice beach balls are back at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

MLive.com has posted video (http://bit.ly/1hAzRT7 ) of ice boulders on the Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Michigan’s Leelanau County. The beach ball-size balls appeared in 2013 as well.

Park Ranger Annie Lipscomb says the rounded ice forms when chunks of ice break off the large sheets of ice on the lake.

Lipscomb says that as the waves tumble and pummel the ice, smoothing and rounding the edges in a way similar to how stones are shaped.

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