Phenomena

Pressure At The Dam

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Hydrostatic pressure in a fluid is based on the fluid’s depth. You’ll rarely see a more dramatic example of that power than with a water release from a dam. Here we see the outlet of the Verbund Hydro Power dam in Austria. With 190 meters of water behind the dam, the outlet jet is massive. It moves 20,000 liters of water per second at a speed of 50 meters per second. Imagine what it would be like to stand next to that! (Image and video credit: Discovery UK; submitted by Olwyn B.)

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