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Mysterious ice pancakes appear on Scottish river

FOX 61

LONDON — Here’s another Scottish mystery to file alongside the Loch Ness Monster and Mel Gibson’s accent in “Braveheart.”

Ice pancakes.

These strange frozen saucers were found during a recent cold snap near the River Dee — a salmon-filled waterway that passes by the British Queen’s summer residence, Balmoral Castle, before heading eastwards to the coastal city of Aberdeen.

River Dee Trust biologist Jamie Urquhart made the discovery and took the photos at Lummels Pool, Birse — several miles downstream of Balmoral.

The trust said it was initially unsure what caused the pancakes, but supects they’re caused by a rare phenomenon in which foam freezes in a swirling eddy.

Rare occurrence

“Perhaps each disc grew when smaller pieces of unfrozen foam struck the disc, adhered and then froze in place,” it wrote on its website.

“The raised rims are undoubtedly due to the collisions but what about the inner lines?

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