Weird sand 'chess pieces' dot Lake Michigan shore. Here's how they formed.


Sand pillars decorate the shore by Lake Michigan at Tiscornia Park, with the North Pier Lighthouse in the background, in St. Joseph, Michigan. (Image credit: Terri Abbott)

Bizarre sandy sculptures rising from the beach by Lake Michigan caught the eyes of at least two photographers in early January, who posted their images of the nature-made marvels online.

But what are these sandy statues and how on earth did they come to be?





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