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Straits of Mackinac ups tourism game with piles of blue ice

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Photographers are flocking to the Straits of Mackinac to capture the blue ice phenomenon.

The already-stunning photo ops at the Straits of Mackinac just got even better.

Rare blue ice has formed at Mackinac, and it’s a bonanza for photographers, such as Michigan Barefoot Memories.

George Leshkevich, physical scientist emeritus at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, joined Stateside to discuss how these big blue ice piles form, what gives them that distinctive blue tint, and why they’re not as rare as you think.

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