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10 Frozen Lakes That Will Restore Your Faith in Winter
Canada's Abraham Lake becomes even more spectacular during the winter, when a thick layer of ice and underlying air bubbles create a stunning visual effect. The bubbles are actually trapped pockets of flammable methane gas from decomposing matter on the lake's floor—they pop come springtime when the ice begins to thaw.