31. The Geneva Freeze

Photographer: Jean-Pierre Scherrer

Year: January 2005

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Casualties: NA

A surreal city of ice sculptures arose around Lake Geneva when heavy winds blew spray off the water, and extreme cold temperatures caused it to freeze almost instantly. These icy breezes built up on whatever they touched, encasing boats, cars, and trees in slick white shells. The weight of the ice became enough to sink several small boats, as well as to rupture a pipeline, which burst into the street and coated the ground like an ice rink.