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Thousands of crystalline blossoms bloomed on Valdai Lake in northwestern Russia on Tuesday. Such ice flowers are a very rare sight. Majestic!
Conditions need to be perfect for such a rare phenomenon to take place: while the lake’s waters are still warm enough to flow, a sudden cold snap creates ice near the surface.
The phenomenon was caused by a sudden temperature drop.
The phenomenon was short-lived, however, as increased wind, a rise in temperatures and heavy snowfall conspired to quickly obliterate the frost-bitten blossoms from the landscape almost as quickly as they had appeared.
Desert blooms and now frozen lake blooms! Nature is awesome!