Nature Video

By Katy Gill


This frozen lake with noises of lasers and drumming sounds like something from a ‘Star Wars set’.

Just 50ft from Debbie Center’s home in Nevis, Minnesota, USA, the frozen surface of the water begins to move and crack.

Filmed on December 10, the movement of the defrosted ice makes strange but distinct noises similar to Sci-Fi laser guns.

With just some bird song in the background, the cosmic cacophony is interspersed with deep thuds while the 56-year-old photographer films. 

Debbie said: “I’m just awestruck every time I hear these amazing sounds, and I feel like I’m living on a set for Star Wars.

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“Sometimes the lake sings so loudly that it wakes me up at night.

“It’s much more common when the ice is first forming, or when it’s thawing in the spring.

“The ice needs to be fairly free of snow, as the snow will block a lot of the sound. 

The frozen acoustics are caused from ice expanding and contracting where the natural shifting produces a range of high and low frequencies.