01/18/2014 02:24 EST | Updated 03/20/2014 05:59 EDT

Ice jams: What causes them?

The freezing and melting of Canada's lakes and rivers are a beautiful but sometimes dangerous consequence of our four-season weather.

Johanna Wagstaffe explains how a potentially dangerous ice jam is made — and why it's important to know how they are made — all in this week's Science Smart video, in the player above.

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