Ethereal Ice Bubbles Emerge at the Surface of a Mystical Lake in Hokkaido, Japan

Nature is full of spectacularly beautiful sights, and some naturally occurring phenomena are so awe-inspiring that it’s hard to believe your eyes. One such marvel takes place during the cold winter months at Lake Nukabira in Hokkaido, Japan. The serene surface of the lake becomes covered with frosty ice bubbles that extend across the enchanting view in large swaths.

This extraordinary display takes place as gases and other miscellaneous substances rise from the lakebed and freeze as they approach the surface. Some of the ice bubbles don’t even make it all the way to the top and become suspended in multidimensional layers. What results is one of the most amazing environmental art installations ever—created by Mother Nature herself.

Usually, the Hokkaido region of Japan receives heavy snowfall as well, which typically hides the mystical surface of the lake. However, this year, the ice bubbles have remained uncharacteristically visible, drawing many photographers to the lake to capture the remarkable sight.

Scroll down to see some of our favorites from Instagram.

These ethereal ice bubbles emerge at the surface of Lake Nukabira in Hokkaido, Japan, during the cold winter months. Here are some of the best photos of this phenomenon from Instagram!

 

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h/t: [Spoon & Tamago]

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Arnesia Young

Arnesia Young is a contributing writer for My Modern Met and an aspiring art historian. She holds a BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies with a minor in Design from Brigham Young University. With a love and passion for the arts, culture, and all things creative, she finds herself intrigued by the creative process and is constantly seeking new ways to explore and understand it.
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