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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Rising along the frozen shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario, ice volcanoes are an everyday sight in the winter, yet their origins may pose a mystery to the casual observer.
Commonplace yet magnificent, these frigid mountains are formed by a clash of elements, creating a beautiful lake landscape. But how are they formed? The process begins simply with the build up of shore ice, which is then compounded by high winds, driving waves against that ice.