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Strange sand “chess pieces” are scattered on the shores of Lake Michigan. This is how they were formed.

With the Northpia Lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan in the background, sand pillars decorate the coast on the shores of Lake Michigan in Tisconia Park. (Image credit: Terri Abbott)

Strange sand sculptures emerging from the beach on the shores of Lake Michigan caught the eye of at least two photographers in early January, who posted images of naturally crafted wonders online.

But what are these sand statues and how were they born?



Strange sand “chess pieces” are scattered on the shores of Lake Michigan. This is how they were formed.

https://www.livescience.com/science-behind-frozen-sand-sculptures Strange sand “chess pieces” are scattered on the shores of Lake Michigan. This is how they were formed.

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