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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  • im sadSaturday, April 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm
    aw i had an account but then I forgot the password -_-
    • smile101
      smile101Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1:11 pm
      I forgot it too.
    • PowerGloveSunday, April 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm
      Huh! Those Are Big!
      • it's ya girlMonday, March 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm
        That's really interesting!
        • john Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:15 pm
          this is so amazing
          • hiTuesday, March 7, 2017 at 8:34 am
            this is weird
            • hot dogSaturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:24 am
              i don't get it
              • piperWednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:01 am
                OMG
                • hoooWednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:13 am
                  cool
                  • lalaTuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8:37 am
                    those balls are BIG i mean HUGE DUDE day GINORMOUS
                    • Rolls RoyceSaturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:20 am
                      These snowballs covered the distance around 11 mile stretch of the beach.