MASSIVE snowballs formed on a beach in northwest Siberia to the joy of locals, The Sun reports. The 11 mile stretch of coastline was carpeted with the snowy spheroids ranging from the size of tennis balls to three feet across.
They were the result of a rare environmental process where ice is rolled by wind and water turning the crystals into giant snowballs. Locals in the village of Nyda, which lies on the Yamal Peninsula just above the Arctic Circle, say they have never seen anything to like them.
TV in Russia quoted the press secretary of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute Sergei Lisenkov saying: “As a rule, first there is a primary natural phenomenon – sludge ice, slob ice. “Then comes a combination of the effects of the wind, the lay of the coastline, and the temperature and wind conditions.
“It can be such an original combination that it results in the formation of balls like these.” A similar incident occurred in the Gulf of Finland in December 2014 and again on Lake Michigan a year later.
Pictures of the snowballs have gone viral in Russia with a reader of the TJournal named Anton Antonov said: “Soon the peninsula will be invaded by hatched snowsaurs!”