Ontario-based photographer Michael Davies timed this impressive shot of his friend Markus hurling a thermos of hot tea through the air yesterday in -40°C weather near Pangnirtung in Canada’s High Arctic.
“At -25C/-13F, soap bubble mixtures freeze faster than they pop, making for some very fascinating effects!”
“However, frozen bubbles are still very fragile creatures, so I’ve experimented with different recipes to create a durable bubble wall that won’t pop in the slightest breeze: dish soap for the bubbling, corn syrup to thicken the wall, and sugar to help crystallization. I let the mixture chill in the freezer to help speed up the freezing once outside.”
MIXTURE INGREDIENTS FOR YOUR EXPERIMENTING PLEASURE
- 200ml warm water - 35ml corn syrup - 35ml dish soap - 2tbs sugar - chill in the freezer
“One other piece of advice … dress warm! It’s cold out there!”
When seawater turns to ice, it releases its salt and creates super-salty brine. The brine is colder and more dense than the surrounding water, so it sinks as the seawater freezes on contact and forms a ‘brinicle,’ which slowly traps anything it touches in ice. Source
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Tree roots found on the frozen riverbanks of an Alaskan river. Photograph by Samantha Primera
Sea ice forms in patterns that depend on local ocean conditions. Pancake ice, like that shown in the above photo from the Antarctic Ross Sea, is formed in rough ocean conditions. Each individual pancake has a raised ridge along its edge, due to wave-induced collisions with other pieces of ice. Over time the smaller pieces of ice will merge together, forming large sheets. Evidence of its turbulent formation will persist, however, in the rough surface of the ice’s underside. For more, check out the National Snow and Ice Data Center. (Image credit: S. Edmonds; via Flow Visualization)
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