There Are Thousands of Shipwrecks Below Lake Erie. This Chilling Photo Explains Why.

You won't be surfing these waves any time soon.

juyl-august-2016-POLI-waveDave Sandford

When winter winds pour in, the Great Lakes are easily mistaken for oceans. Living near Lake Erie, photographer Dave Sandford has been making a visual study of the liquid peaks that result when gale-force gusts sculpt surface water into towering waves up to 25 feet high. Because Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, it is also the most temperamental; of the 8,000 shipwrecks estimated to speckle the lakes, a fourth are thought to lie below Erie.

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