FOX 21 Takes You Inside The Ice Caves

Thousands Check Out Nature's Artwork

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It’s certainly not every day that you get to see something as spectacular as ice caves. But those in the Northland have gotten to see them two years in a row, showing just how magnificent the greatest of the Great Lakes can be.

“Somebody had driven 834 miles just to be here just for a day,” said UMD Environmental professor Danny Frank.

That somebody was probably not alone.

“This is really a unique opportunity that this has formed,” said Frank.

Thousands have come from all over the world to Lake Superior to see nature’s artwork in one of its rarest forms.

“You’ve got the perfect storm of these great sandstone cliffs, very scenic and aesthetic,” Frank explained. “And you’ve got the lake that freezes over, and then the ice formations on top of it.”

For Frank, Wednesday was his third trip out to the caves.

“I think one of my favorite things is how it changes. It looks so different based on the conditions that lead up to its formation and how the ice has formed and that type of thing,” explained Frank.

He knew he couldn’t pass up the chance to show his students Lake Superiors masterpiece.

“Having the connection with nature, and understanding how things change through the seasons is really important,” Frank stated.

And, hey, not too shabby of a way to spend science class.

“Being able to say you saw ice caves is not something very many people can say,” said UMD freshman Dillon Martinez. “An adventure is the best way to put it.”

Getting to explore and delve into the cliffs on the big lake.

“I just want to get into small places and to see it open up into big caverns,” exclaimed Martinez.

While Danny has seen places like the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains, these ice caves on Lake Superior top the list.

“It’s definitely up there just as far as the scenic beauty and awesomeness of how it all forms.”

If you want to check out one of the rarest forms of nature’s beauty, officials say you should make it quick. With the temperatures rising, they’re not sure how long the caves will remain open.

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