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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  • Lamborghini sv Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:18 am
    this are the biggest snowballs i ever seen on earth.
    • stlSunday, January 29, 2017 at 5:28 am
      wow!!that's very big
      • AnyaThursday, January 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm
        WOW!
        • gbritton
          gbrittonThursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:18 am
          4 They had snowballs as big as boalders!
          • gbritton
            gbrittonThursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:17 am
            3 They are as big as golf balls to 3 feet in diameter!
            • gbritton
              gbrittonThursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:16 am
              1 They found snowballs!
              • gbritton
                gbrittonThursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:15 am
                3 The weather helped them!
                • Marie504Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 8:07 am
                  that was very cool think you for that video I love it.
                  • Nicole504Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 8:05 am
                    tell me more about giant snowballs in Siberia?
                    • Marie504Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:54 am
                      that was very cool think you for that video I love it