NG4829 : Anchor ice in the River Sligachan

taken 8 years ago, 4 km from Sconser, Highland, Great Britain

Anchor ice in the River Sligachan
Anchor ice in the River Sligachan
Looking down into the river from the A87 road bridge at Sligachan, it is apparent that the bed of the river is almost completely covered in anchor ice.

The river does not really freeze from the bottom up. Frazil ice (small shards of ice or "crystallized" snow) can actually sink from the river surface into the river water, even down to the river bed forming piles of anchor ice on the river bed.

As the ice melts, small chunks break off and float down river immersed in the water. They get caught on obstacles under the water surface and pile up under the surface forming an ice sheet. The anchor ice on the riverbed may appear to have formed on the riverbed, but that is not actually the case.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 12 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 13 January, 2010
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Frozen river   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NG 486 299 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:17.4567N 6:10.3848W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NG 486 299
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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