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Washington ice circle (Kaylyn Messer)

This giant chunk of ice was shaped into a perfect circle in a Washington river

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I was elated to see that the circle was still intact and spinning.
Kaylyn Messer, photographer

No Photoshop here. No human intervention, either.

A chunk of ice broke loose from the Snoqualmie River in Washington state on Saturday. The slow-moving current shaped the chunk into a perfect circle, according to our partners at KOMO.

You can watch the circle spin here.

Kaylyn Messer captured these photos of the ice circle.

Now for some science

This circle formed after the top layer of water froze, then got caught in a river eddy. It's not exactly very stable. If you threw a decent-size rock at the ice, it would fall through, meteorologist Allen Schlag told KOMO.

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This isn't the first big all-natural ice circle. North Dakota's Sheyenne River had an ice circle way back in 2013. 

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