Inside the ice-crusted sea caves of Lake Superior


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Video two is also a great reminder of why walking on a frozen lake can be a bad idea:

Narrator: it’s kinda freaky in here. This is a high risk. It’s not open til Wednesday. Oh my god, this is starting to crack. holy shit! [cracking sound, narrator dives] gotta get out of here.

I had a minor heart attack watching that.


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Ahhh, memories…


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Here are my shots from the sea caves last weekend. The conditions were fantastic thanks to the long stretch of cold that we’ve had. These were all shot w/ my Nokia 1020. It would have been a great day to have an SLR.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28088533@N06/sets/ 72157639916966874/

(I had to put a space in the URL to the set since the Discourse forum software wants to post the link as an image instead of as just a link…)


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I also stitched some of those panoramas into PhotoSynths:



#6

What do the brown icicles taste like?


#7

Nanook’s mother was a wise woman.


#8

Very incredible island. Been there in the 70’s. Drive over the ice till the spring, then the ferry boat takes over when the thaw comes through.


#9

How do you get sea caves on a lake?


#10

You have the lake be the biggest lake in the world (by surface area)


#11

Still not sea though is it? Freshwater after all…


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Because fuck you, that’s why. :smile:

(This is the proper attitude to take to any disparagement of Lake Superior. It is also, as far as I can figure out, the only reason behind why locals and National Park Service call them “sea” caves.)


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‘Sea’ is not exclusivly salt water


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The Ojibwe Anishinaabe call the lake gichigami, meaning “be a great sea”.
I always heard it referred to as an inland sea when I was a kid.


#15

It’s still not a sea.


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Keeping the flag of the asshole grammar wonk aloft, here: does the NPS say anything about differentiating between stalactites and stalagmites? :smile:
(it’s just kinda fresh in my mind, that’s all, having visited, over the weekend, Black Chasm Caverns, one of the few cave sites that also sport helictites)


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The ridiculous thing is that I was thinking “those are stalactites” even as I, apparently, wrote stalagmites. It’s fixed now.


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SLR nothing, your photos are awesome.


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