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    Pond owners, what caused this?

    Driving by my neighbor's frozen over pond yesterday, I noticed a bullseye pattern in the middle. I pointed it out to my wife and she said she thought it was where the overflow pipe was, but that was at the end of the pond and had a simple smaller circle of no ice. The inlet is likewise not frozen, with a much larger area with no ice - the ducks are swimming there in the picture. This was in the middle of the pond. I'm just curious what would cause such a pattern of freezing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar Leroy View Post
    Driving by my neighbor's frozen over pond yesterday, I noticed a bullseye pattern in the middle. I pointed it out to my wife and she said she thought it was where the overflow pipe was, but that was at the end of the pond and had a simple smaller circle of no ice. The inlet is likewise not frozen, with a much larger area with no ice - the ducks are swimming there in the picture. This was in the middle of the pond. I'm just curious what would cause such a pattern of freezing.

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    An aeration system; like a koenders windmill https://www.koenderswatersolutions.c...onsystems.html
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    Underground spring or Jimmy Hoffa bobbing for air?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseMouse View Post
    Underground spring or Jimmy Hoffa bobbing for air?
    I'm with you on the spring. My pond has the same thing happening this year and I Know where the springs are in the pond..
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    Spring, aeration or ducks

    Any water moving in that area will keep it open. So will ducks or geese. It's not unusual here to see a pond or creek completely frozen except where the geese kept it open. Those usually aren't completely round circles as the geese aren't that well organized, lol.

    Boats left in the water here sometimes run a bubbler underneath the hull to keep the boat from freezing in. A little air pump will do a pretty good job as will a small water pump.

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    They could have some type of aeration system. We have a windmill that pumps air into the pond next to us. It has a circle like that. Some systems use electric air pumps.
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    Aliens, no crops to make crop circles so pond circles in winter.


    I'd say spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJR345 View Post
    Aliens, no crops to make crop circles so pond circles in winter.
    I'd have to go with this. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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    google for youtube ice circle and maybe that will explain it.
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