Saturday, November 26, 2011

Icicle of Death

A video shows the formation of a brinicle (underwater icicle) which freezes everything in its path.

Essentially, sub-zero brine slowly sinks to the ocean floor and freezes warmer water along the way. Brinicles form in, "very calm ocean conditions, when there's a big differential between the water temperature (around -1.9C) and the air temperature about the sea ice (below -20C)."

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