In 1841, Edgar Allan Poe referred to a maelstrom, or powerful whirlpool in the ocean, as a “whole sea … lashed into ungovernable fury.”
Now 172 years later, “Amazing monstrous whirlpool” gives gravity to Poe’s words, though on a slightly smaller scale. Set in Dviete, Latvia, near the banks of the Daugava River, the video depicts a mysterious whirlpool churning — and destroying — all that enters.
Huge chunks of ice? Gone. Floating islands of debris? Annihilated.
Most whirlpools in nature occur as a result of fast moving currents meeting one another in opposite directions.
The mysterious “monstrous whirlpool” in Latvia has been formed by water from the swollen river flowing into an inlet on the upstream side of a bridge. All of the debris is funneled under the road on which spectators are standing and flows downstream.
– information from huffington post