Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Break-up Time


No, I'm not talking about a boy-girl break-up here. I'm talking ice.

In late April or early May the temperature starts to rise a bit, and the ice starts breaking up in the big rivers like the Yukon, the Kuskokwim and the Tanana. Since 1917, the town of Nenana has fun with this by sponsoring the Nenana Ice Classic, a contest to see who can name the exact time when the ice goes out on the Tanana River. A line is attached from a tripod on the ice to a clock on shore. When the line moves, the clock stops and the time is recorded. The lucky winner or winners wins a huge jackpot.

Here's this year's photo of the Nenana Ice Classic.

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