Phenomena

Under Pressure, Part 2

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Our adventures with pressure continue after the trip to the aquarium. To see just how much pressure we could generate with height, A.J. and I teamed up with the Corvallis Fire Department to recreate an experiment attributed to 17th-century French physicist Blaise Pascal. In Pascal’s experiment, he (supposedly) used a column of water to burst a wooden barrel. In ours, we use a ladder truck to make a 30-meter column of water burst a glass carboy! We also got a little help from our friends at the Lutetium Project to introduce you to Pascal and his work. (Thanks, Guillaume!) We’ll tell you more about Pascal and his contributions in an upcoming video, so stay tuned. (Video and image credit: A. Fillo and N. Sharp)

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