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Ice formations sparkle inside sea cave

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 01:06

Jan. 19 - Nature's beauty is showcased within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore sea caves, with ice formations dangling from red sandstone. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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For the past five winters, visitors had to admire the Apostle Islands Sea Caves in Wisconsin from a distance. Because frigid temperatures came early this year, you can now take the mile-long walk out on the ice to view the sea caves up close. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSISTANT CHIEF OF INTERPRETATIONS FOR THE APOSTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL LAKESHORE, NEIL HOWK, SAYING: "I've been living in the area over 30 years and it used to be that almost every winter you could walk out here on the lake and see these spectacular ice formations on the sea caves and now the last five years, we haven't had enough ice." Nature's beauty is in full force here, with ice formations dangling from the red sandstone. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VISITOR ANDREW RANDALL, SAYING: "It's really pretty. You can crawl through the caves and get a lot of good pictures." The ice formations change from chamber to chamber and from day to day. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSISTANT CHIEF OF INTERPRETATIONS FOR THE APOSTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL LAKESHORE, NEIL HOWK, SAYING: "The wind, the waves, the ice, all carve these incredible nooks, crannies, arches, caves. The rocks are changing all the time just like the ice formations." The park service is prepared for a lot of traffic to the caves this year. And from the looks of these sights, it's no surprise.

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Ice formations sparkle inside sea cave

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 01:06