• Ice dropped down an Antarctic borehole makes an extraordinary sound

    Credit: @Peter_Neff
    Date:6 March 2018 Tags:, , ,

    Glaciologist Peter Neff has posted a video on Twitter recording the sound that a chunk of ice makes when it gets dropped down a 90-meter borehole in an Antarctic glacier.

    It’s well worth a listen, as the sound the ice makes when it hits the bottom is not what we expected…

    At first as the ice drops down the hole ricocheting off the inside walls (we imagine) on its way down, the sounds is similar to that made when a hard object is dropped down a metal pipe. However, when the ice hits the ground it makes an extraordinary noise that reminds us of the sound an old-fashioned cartoon character, like the old Warner Brother’s Road Runner, makes when he runs.