A photo of a Michigan man looks startlingly surreal, as if he’s walking on water, but in reality he’s standing on an ice-covered lake near Boyne City in the northern part of the state.
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It wasn’t a hoax, as some have suggested, according to Andre Poineau, who said he ventured out onto Lake Charlevoix in mid-January when the ice was more than 2 inches thick and so clear, you could see the sandy ripples on the lake bottom.
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Such extremely clear ice occurs under certain conditions.
“I’ve seen it several times before. The water in Lake Charlevoix is incredibly clear to begin with, partly because of zebra mussels,” Poineau told MLive.com.
“When it freezes without agitation, there are hardly any oxygen bubbles in the ice. “
“It happens on rare occasions,” he added.
Poineau, 63, says he was a little apprehensive about stepping out on the ice that day and had a shovel with him to test its strength. It passed the test.
Photographer Martha Sulfridge took the stunning shot on Jan. 15 and the rest, as they say, is history. The picture has gone viral and has been shared on Facebook more than 60,000 times.
Jesus walked on water. Moses parted the sea.
And pro surfer Kelly Slater? While not a prophet, he has literally made waves.
Well, he did it with some help, of course.
Slater announced on Instagram Friday that he and his team of scientists and engineers have designed and successfully built a prototype of "truly world-class, high-performance, human-made waves."
The project came to fruition after 10 years in the making, he said.
"Through rigorous science and technology, we’ve been able to design and build what some said was impossible, and many very understandably never thought would actually happen," he said.
The details of the project will be revealed over time, but Slater shared the initial news with a video of him riding the first wave prototype, which was filmed two weeks ago.
Watch it below:
(Mobile users can click here to watch it on Slater's website.)
About 5.25 trillion — that's a conservative estimate of just how many pieces of plastic are swirling around the world's oceans, from microscopic fragments, to giant islands of trash. And they're not going away anytime soon. (Video via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
That's 700 times the number of humans estimated to live on the planet, and there's no part of the ocean that's completely unaffected.
Want more big numbers? All that plastic trash is estimated to weigh just under 270,000 tons -- about as much as either 38,000 full-grown elephants, 157,000 Volkswagen beetles or just under 7 billion coffee lids.
Those numbers come from a paper the 5 Gyres Institute released Wednesday after six years of surveying some 1,500 locations across all the world's oceans.
The institute gathered samples with mesh nets and conducted a visual survey under the leadership of the institute's research director Marcus Eriksen. (Video via 5 Gyres)
Eriksen told The Washington Post, "What we are witnessing in the global ocean is a growing threat of toxin-laden microplastics cycling through the entire marine ecosystem."
Microplastics are tiny fragments of plastic less than 5 mm in length that can easily be swept along ocean currents and often carry toxins or foreign microbes and other organisms to nonnative environments. (Video via Stichting De Noordzee)
Because they're so small and the plastic is so durable, microplastics present a long-term threat to ocean ecosystems across the globe.
While those microplastics can be virtually invisible in the water, the largest concentrations of trash often get swept up in the five major gyres — ocean currents that move in circular patterns in each of the world's oceans. (Video via One World One Ocean)
Those gyres can sometimes produce large islands of trash, although phenomena like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch are usually just patches of ocean with higher concentrations of debris and not physical landmasses. (Video via Grassroots News)
The study's authors say the estimates on the number and weight of plastics in the ocean are highly conservative and are actually probably the minimum.
This video includes an image from Lindsey Hoshaw / CC BY 2.0.
You voted for the top 100 songs played on Y100 in 2013. We played them back, 100 all the way to number 1. If you missed it, here's the list!
Title Artist 100 Farmer's Daughter Rodney Atkins 99 Drink On It Blake Shelton 98 Let It Rain David Nail 97 Just A Kiss Lady Antebellum 96 Drink A Beer Luke Bryan 95 Good Girl Carrie Underwood 94 Crazy Girl Eli Young Band 93 You Chris Young 92 You Don't Know Her Like I Do Brantley Gilbert 91 Even If It Breaks Your Heart Eli Young Band 90 Keep Me In Mind Zac Brown Band 89 Lover, Lover Jerrod Niemann 88 Alone With You Jake Owen 87 Here For A Good Time George Strait 86 Did It For The Girl Greg Bates 85 19-You and Me Dan & Shay 84 Something Bout A Truck Kip Moore 83 Drunk On You Luke Bryan 82 Helluva Life Frankie Ballard 81 Oh, Tonight Josh Abbott Band 80 Somewhere With You Kenny Chesney 79 Fly Over States Jason Aldean 78 Toes Zac Brown Band 77 Take A Back Road Rodney Atkins 76 When I See This Bar Kenny Chesney 75 I Don't Want This Night To End Luke Bryan 74 As She's Walking Away Zac Brown Band 73 Angel Eyes Love and Theft 72 (Kissed You) Good Night Gloriana 71 Honey Bee Blake Shelton 70 Drink To That All Night Jerrod Niemann 69 Wanted Hunter Hayes 68 When She Says Baby Jason Aldean 67 Better Dig Two The Band Perry 66 Barefoot Blue Jean Night Jake Owen 65 Take A Little Ride Jason Aldean 64 Whatever She's Got David Nail 63 The Only Way I Know Jason Aldean 62 That Girl Kevin Fowler 61 Springsteen Eric Church 60 Goodbye In Her Eyes Zac Brown Band 59 The One That Got Away Jake Owen 58 Friday Night Eric Paslay 57 Merry Go Round Kacey Musgraves 56 Compass Lady Antebellum 55 I Can Take It From There Chris Young 54 Sweet Annie Zac Brown Band 53 Hard To Love Lee Brice 52 Cruise Florida Georgia Line 51 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Luke Bryan 50 Sunny And 75 Joe Nichols 49 Blowin Smoke Kacey Musgraves 48 Could It Be Charlie Worsham 47 Carolina Parmalee 46 Til My Last Day Justin Moore 45 Beer Money Kip Moore 44 Wasting All These Tears Cassadee Pope 43 Crying On A Suitcase Casey James 42 How Country Feels Randy Houser 41 Don't Let Me Be Lonely The Band Perry 40 Southern Girl Tim McGraw 39 Two Black Cadillacs Carrie Underwood 38 One Of Those Nights Tim McGraw 37 Stay Florida Georgia Line 36 Like Jesus Does Eric Church 35 Red Taylor Swift 34 Aw Naw Chris Young 33 Chillin It Cole Swindell 32 Radio Darius Rucker 31 I Drive Your Truck Lee Brice 30 Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain Gary Allan 29 Point At You Justin Moore 28 Anywhere With You Jake Owen 27 Sure Be Cool If You Did Blake Shelton 26 Jump Right In Zac Brown Band 25 Redneck Crazy Tyler Farr 24 Mine Would Be You Blake Shelton 23 Runnin' Out Of Moonlight Randy Houser 22 Somebody's Heartbreak Hunter Hayes 21 Boys Round Here Blake Shelton 20 Don't Ya Brett Eldridge 19 Thats My Kind Of Night Luke Bryan 18 See You Again Carrie Underwood 17 I Want Crazy Hunter Hayes 16 A Little Bit Of Everything Keith Urban 15 More Than Miles Brantley Gilbert 14 If I Didn't Have You Thompson Square 13 Drunk Last Night Eli Young Band 12 Crash My Party Luke Bryan 11 Get Your Shine On Florida Georgia Line 10 All Over The Road Easton Corbin 9 Wagon Wheel Darius Rucker 8 Night Train Jason Aldean 7 Hey Girl Billy Currington 6 It Goes Like This Thomas Rhett 5 Highway Don't Care Tim McGraw 4 Hey Pretty Girl Kip Moore 3 Round Here Florida Georgia Line 2 Mama's Broken Heart Miranda Lambert 1 Give It All We Got Tonight George Strait
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