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  • Frozen Vortex

    Posted by Shannon Love on December 23rd, 2008 (All posts by )

    Check out this bizarre natural phenomenon. Make sure to play the movie. 

    Stable vortexes form at the ends of bends in rivers as the water that accelerates on the outside of a bend collides with the slower-moving water that traversed the inside of the bend. The velocity sheer produces a vortex. Apparently, an ice pan formed in the center of the stable vortex and then slowly grew until it reached the turbulent edge of the vortex. The turbulence at the edge prevented ice from forming leaving a lubricating liquid layer that lets the ice pan rotate in the vortex. 

    Neat!

     

    6 Responses to “Frozen Vortex”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      Very cool.

    2. anomdebus Says:

      you kilt it!

      (whole site is down now)

    3. Tatyana Says:

      I have to say: to your explanation I much prefer one that state the thing is the work of ice fairies.

      Where is your romantic side, Shannon?

    4. Shannon Love Says:

      Tatyana,

      I have to say: to your explanation I much prefer one that state the thing is the work of ice fairies.

      Where is your romantic side, Shannon?

      Turbulence is more beautiful than fairies.

    5. Tatyana Says:

      Beautiful, yes, but not romantic.

    6. Obloodyhell Says:

      >>> Turbulence is more beautiful than fairies.
      > Beautiful, yes, but not romantic.

      Sez who??

      Ode to Turbulent Flow
      Big whorls have little whorls
      That feed on their velocity,
      And little whorls have lesser whorls
      And so on to viscosity.

      – Lewis F. Richardson