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Underwater Explosions in Slow Mo

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The Slow Mo Guys bring their high-speed skills to underwater explosions in this new video. The physics of such explosions is very neat (but also incredibly destructive). When the fuse ignites, a blast wave travels outward in a sphere, creating a bubble filled with gas. Eventually, the pressure of the surrounding water is too great for the bubble to expand against. When its expansion slows, that much larger pressure from the surrounding water starts to crush the bubble back down. Decreasing the volume of the bubble raises its pressure and its temperature again, and this often reignites any leftover fuel and oxidizer left in the bubble. The secondary shock bubble will re-expand, kicking off another round of expansion and collapse. (Video credit: The Slow Mo Guys; submitted by potato-with-a-moustache)

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