I’ve looked at a lot of ice over the last few winters, but never noticed this phenomenon until last weekend.  We had a couple of warm days followed by very cold nights.  So there was enough melting to carry bits of sand and dirt along, but then the freeze came fast enough to stop the dirt where it sat, in drops of water.  The freezing forced all the air out of the clumps of dirt, creating these tiny, wonderful fireworks.

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