Summary of the eRumor: The email comes with pictures
that are described as waves that have frozen in place because of freezing
temperatures. (Pictures below.)
The Truth: There are a couple of versions
of this eRumor. One says the pictures are from Antarctica.
Another says the pictures are of Lake Huron in Michigan. Both claim that the temperature
was so cold that the waves froze in midair.
In reality, the pictures were taken by a researcher from the University of
New South Wales in Australia named Tony Travouillon. He told
TruthOrFiction.com that the pictures were snapped in Antarctica near a
French research station called Dumont D'Urville.
He posted the pictures on his website along with other photos from when
he was working at a base called Dome C
in the Antarctic where he's part of a research project with Cal Tech in
Pasadena, California. Dome C is a research site that is more than
10,000 feet above sea level. It's one of the coldest places on earth
with an average temperature of -54 degrees centigrade.
The pictures are not of ocean waves frozen in midair. They are large
ice formations that have been shaped over a period of time.
Travouillon calls them "blue icebergs"
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
has had the coldest winter in decades. Water expands to freeze, and at
Macinaw City the water in Lake Huron below the surface ice was supercooled.
It expanded to break through the surface ice and froze into this
wave phenomena is seen in Antarctica, but in Michigan? Yes, it's been
quite a winter!
The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice.
That's what it is like in Antarctica. Water freezes the instant it
comes in contact with the air. The temperature of the water is already
some degrees below freezing. Just look at how the wave froze in