Phenomena

Filming the Brinicle

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It may have been 10 years since the BBC filmed the first timelapse of a growing brinicle, but the footage is just as amazing now as it was then! This video gives you the behind-the-scenes story of what it took to capture this natural wonder under the Antarctic ice. It’s incredible to see the shots of sinking brine streaming off the brinicles, too. The difference in density (and thus refractive index) of the brine and the ocean water is substantial enough that your eye can actually pick them out as separate fluids. I once went snorkeling in an area with similarly varied salinity and it was completely bizarre watching everything suddenly go wavy and blurry as I swam. (Image and video credit: BBC)

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