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Ice houses can be seen behind huge hunks of ice that jut forth from a pressure ridge on Red Lake in Minnesota. Tyler Shoberg / West Fargo Pioneer

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A slab of sapphire ice a foot-and-a-half thick and the size of a dinner table jutted forth from Red Lake like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Around it, haphazardly stacked solidified lake hunks of roughly the same size laid scattered in rows. They were the results of pressure ridges - gnarly evidence of powerful, invisible underwater forces - which crisscrossed the landscape in a network of broken zippers that stretched to the horizon.

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