We always knew that science is an amazing subject, especially if you knew how to put it to work, but this has blows our minds beyond anything we have ever seen or heard for that matter! In a video shot by climate scientist Peter Neff shows the sound that a chunk of glacial ice makes when dropped down a 300-foot long borehole in an Antarctic glacier. From start to finish, it is something we never would have expected and we are beyond puzzled. But as with everything else science-related, this too, has a perfectly good explanation.
Peter says: “During a November 2015 to January 2016 deployment to Taylor Glacier, Antarctica on a research trip funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and supported by the United States Antarctic Program. Our camp was fascinated by the sound of the ice scraping against the borehole wall, shattering into thousands of pieces and then slamming at once into the bottom of the 90 m-deep hole—sending reverberations back to the surface that likely would have caused hearing damage if you placed your ear directly above the hole.
“Over a challenging two-month season working on this cold, windy glacier, it was a favourite past-time to put a piece of ice down one of the holes to hear this incredibly satisfying sound.”
In case you were wondering, a borehole is a long and narrow hole dug into the ground to access minerals for research for pretty much anything. Or in this case, to throw a chunk of ice down into it and clap like little kid over the sound it makes. Your choice.