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Points North

Points North, Ep. 49: The ecology of ice coverage on the bay, and making music out of glaciers

Samantha York
Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry
Ice has formed on the Straits of Mackinac, but the straits aren't completely covered in ice yet.

This week on Points North: Grand Traverse Bay is freezing less and less, according to historical data.

Plus, making music that sounds like melting glaciers.

Grand Traverse Bay isn't freezing as much as it use to, causing ecological concerns, officials say

Credit Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio
Interlochen Public Radio
Ice on Grand Traverse Bay has yet to form this winter.

Ice cover on Lake Michigan is happening less and less, and that’s why Grand Traverse Bay hasn’t frozen this year. 

The bay had already frozen out to Power Island by this time last year and the year before.

Read the full story.

Transient Landscapes come to Interlochen, exploring the sound of a glacier melting

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Matthew Burtner makes music that sounds like a melting glacier.

Matthew Burtner and Matthew Duvall brought Transient Landscapes to northern Michigan this month, making music that sounds like a glacier melting.