Video captures 'breaking glass' ice phenomenon at Leeds reservoir

A natural phenomenon known as 'ice stacking' has been caught on camera at a Yorkshire lake.

Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 11:05 am
Updated Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 11:10 am
Ice stacking at East Ardsley Reservoir

John Keigley was stunned to spot ice on the surface of East Ardsley Reservoir breaking like glass during a recent visit.

Ice stacking occurs when thin sheets of ice are blown across the water and break into shards on the shore.

The ice makes a hypnotic sound similar to glass shattering.

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Ice stacking at East Ardsley Reservoir

"I was just on a walk around the reservoir when I heard this bizarre noise," said 44-year-old sales manager John.

"I couldn't work out what it was at first, it sounded like glass shattering.

"It was totally surreal. I could see it was collecting at the side of the shoreline and I've never seen anything like it.

"It was such a great sound."

Ice stacking at East Ardsley Reservoir

As warmer air blew across the brittle ice in the reservoir the covering began to move in large sheets.

The video then shows the ice forming into 'shard-like' sheets before melting.