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Another forum member and I were discussing the strange patterns visible on this frozen, um... well, I don't think it's a reservoir - probably some kind of mining-related settling pond (this is just north of Butte MT). Anyway, I thought I'd see whether any of you would like to take a stab at it...
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I found similar patterns on several aerial photos I used a month ago. It's in northern Quebec.

We thought it was cracks in the ice... but they were weird patterns anyway.

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I found similar patterns on several aerial photos I used a month ago. It's in northern Quebec.

We thought it was cracks in the ice... but they were weird patterns anyway.


I vote cracks in the ice too (water seeping through makes the wider darker areas around the cracks).
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They were once thought to be irrigation canals and therefore evidence of civilized life in Montana and Northern Quebec but that has since been proven wrong by many travellers.
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It's meltwater. Just my 2 cents.

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Well, since it is near Butte, MT I would guess it has something to do with aliens in the underground mining tunnels...
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I think it's dust devils. Really. Check out the photos of Mars on pages 101-103 in the Dec 2008 issue of National Geographic - looks pretty much the same.
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