Video Of The Week - Giant Snowballs Delight Locals In Siberia

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Giant snowballs (Photo Credit: Sergei Bychenkov)

Imagine going to the beach and finding thousands of perfectly shaped snowballs scattered around. That is exactly what the lucky residents of Nyda in Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula have encountered since late October.

The snowballs that cover an 11-mile stretch of the beach range from the size of a tennis ball to almost 3ft across, or about as big as a basketball. According to the village administrator, the balls were created after water from the Gulf of Orb rose up onto the land and covered the sandy beach. The area’s freezing temperatures caused it to partially turn to ice.

Melting spheres form a ‘snowball wall’ (Photo Credit: Alexei Primak)

As the rest of the water retreated, the ice chunks rolled over in the moist sand and with a little help from the wind and temperature, created a beautiful winter wonderland of snowballs. The residents of Glen Harbor in Michigan experienced a similar phenomenon in 2014, except in their case, the snowballs were as big as boulders!

Resources: bbc.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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  • ZachFriday, September 21, 2018 at 1:50 pm
    it must be fun to have a snow ball fight with those
    • nbayounggirlThursday, February 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm
      lit
      • nb240594
        nb240594Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:40 am
        just think of the snowball fights
        • dkammula5697
          dkammula5697Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5:30 am
          yeah I know right
        • lolThursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:35 am
          i love snow ball fights
          • meMonday, October 2, 2017 at 6:58 am
            SNOWBALL FIGHT
            • ThethinkerMonday, August 28, 2017 at 7:34 am
              Thats actually awesome. I love it 😂😂
              • smile101
                smile101Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1:08 pm
                That's crazy. OMG. LOL!!!!!!😮😮😮😮😮🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😅😅😅😅😂😂😂😃😃
                • kateSunday, May 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm
                  I want to see that someday
                  • booperdooper78
                    booperdooper78Friday, May 5, 2017 at 9:34 am
                    Cool!
                    • iamtherealthing
                      iamtherealthingSunday, April 23, 2017 at 6:49 am
                      😕😐cool?
                      • nb240594
                        nb240594Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:41 am
                        cool!