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Old 11-23-2010, 03:04 PM   #1
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Default muskrats or aliens?

I am not really sure where I could post this but since the most reasonable explanation i have come up with is Muskrats i thought itd be a good place to start.

I just took these pictures of the marsh "lake" behind my house.

The way that the surface snow on the ice has seemed to melt in straightish lines in a fanned pattern. This was not there yesterday. and the big hole was less frozen over yesterday. My parents have said that our marsh/lake is fed by springs which would explain why certain areas havent frozen over. Could the pattern by warmer water from the spring in the middle of the marsh (where the bigger area isnt frozen over) permeated into some muskrat tunnels causing the melt pattern?

Is there possibly a better explanation for what is actually going on? Or is it just aliens?

* not sure how to rotate the photos on here, sorry for poor quality of photos
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Old 11-25-2010, 04:53 PM   #2
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Pretty hard to make any reasonable speculation without closer inspection. Is it really just the snow that melted in lines on the ice, or did the ice not freeze where the lines are until after the snow stopped? Do muskrats remain active this late in the season? Where do the lines originate - is there any clue on the shore end?

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Old 11-26-2010, 01:41 PM   #3
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I think it's the spring. It's the same principle at work in that body of water as an air stone bubbling in a man made pond.
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:11 AM   #4
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Our muskrats were still out and about this weekend making a nest on a downed tree in the river.
Oh darn! I forgot to go out and take a photo of it before I returned home.. MAYBE next week?
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:53 AM   #5
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I vote for aliens. Hey - you gave me the choice!
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:48 PM   #6
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thanx for the support for aliens bigblueyes.haha i have no idea what caused it. the weather has been up and down for the last week. i havent seen any signs of this pattern again.
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:00 PM   #7
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Ice can do some weird things.

YouTube - 'Crop' circles appearing on ice - Arna, Norway, the 6.th of March 2010
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