Giant natural snowballs appear on remote beach, baffling residents

Weird natural phenomena discovered in Siberia

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Giant natural snowballs appear on Russian beach

A huge collection of giant snowballs - made by nature- have suddenly appeared on the Arctic coast of Siberia.

The balls described as 'white cannonballs' by one local newspaper, were discovered on a beach around the remote village of Nyda in the Gulf of Ob, at the mouth of the world's seventh longest river.

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They range in different sizes from the size of a tennis ball to basketballs and the perfect snowman's head.

Resident Ekaterina Chernyk said: 'We have them all in one place. It's as if someone spilled them.'

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'We were all very surprised. Many people believed it only when they saw it with their own eyes.'

Village official Valery Akulov said: 'Even old-timers say they are seeing this phenomenon for the first time.'

They may look man made but the snowballs have been formed by an entirely natural and extremely rare natural phenomenon.

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Some locals have even posed for photos sitting on the sea of snowballs which stretch along the beach.

Many of the balls are bigger than a human head.

The Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) spokesman Sergey Lisenkov said the snowballs form in the waves under certain climatic conditions.

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"A combination of the action of the wind, the outlines of coastline, and the temperature, may lead to the formation of such balls," he said.

A similar phenomenon was reported at Lake Michigan two years ago.

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