My visit to the Illinois Beach State Park revealed that there were visitors lining up and down the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Not certain what they call this process, but there were these alien forms being created by the freezing and thawing waters on the sand.
There is a 12-18" difference in grade from where I am standing here and the top of these alien creations. I had to walk about a half a mile before I got to an area where I felt I could safely walk down to the water without slipping on all the ice-covered creations. Everything you see here is covered in sheets of ice, which is what I believe is causing the layering or piling up of the sand. Icicles formed from these sand creations as can be seen on the right.
Or are those the canine teeth of beached walruses? :-)
Photo taken January 10. 2010.
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