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Attempting to create the world’s largest ice carousel

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Cut a very large circle into a frozen lake and you may be able to get the ice to spin. It’s called an ice carousel, and on April 7, 2018, around 100 people in Sinclair, Maine created a massive one over Long Lake. They used augers to drill over 1,300 holes, chainsaws to cut the circle out, and a few outboard boat motors to spin the 76 centimeter (30 inch) thick disk of ice.

Sinclair local Jack Caron filmed the event—a world record attempt at the largest ice carousel at around 130 meters (426.5 feet) in diameter and 408.88 meters (1,341.46 feet or around one quarter mile) in circumference—with a DJI Mavic Air drone, above. The video below, filmed by Spencer Caron, shows a few more details:

If they succeeded in their world record attempt, the Maine event may have topped the 122 meter carousel on Lake Lohja in Finland, created at the world’s first Ice Carousel festival just two months earlier.

Next, watch The Sound of Ice, Ice Drumming on Lake Baikal, flying over a herd of reindeer near Kautokeino, Norway, and more winter drone footage.

h/t Kottke.

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