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RIP ice disk: Warm weather spells end to spinning mass of ice in Maine

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A rotating circle of ice formed on the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine. © Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe A rotating circle of ice formed on the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine.

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine’s giant spinning ice disk has met its end because of unseasonably warm weather.

The city of Westbrook posted the news to its Facebook account on Friday afternoon, noting the disk took the world “on quite a spin.”

It also posted a timelapse of the disk’s final hours. The disk melted a bit and shifted on Wednesday, and continued to shink until Friday morning, when it finally disappeared.

Westbrook spokeswoman Tina Radel had said on Wednesday that the disk was on the move and that its ‘‘time may be limited.’’

The ice disk formed in early January, drawing crowds to the river’s edge and attracting attention online.

It formed naturally where there is a circular current that creates a whirlpool effect.

Radel says a webcam set up by scientists from Brown University that provides time-lapse photography of the disk will remain in operation through the spring.

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