Dropping a Piece of Ice Down a 90-Meter Borehole Makes an Unexpected Cartoonish Sound
The sound of this piece of ice falling is a far cry from the satisfying thud we expected to hear.
After Peter Neff and his team of fellow glaciologists wrapped up work in Antartica, they decided to have a bit of fun. He decided to see what exactly happened when he dropped a chunk of ice down a 90 meter (295 feet) ice borehole he'd previously used to take ice core samples.
As the ice falls, you can hear the soft 'clink clink clink' as it bounces down the solid sides. But it's the comic-like noise as soon as the ice hits that caught our attention with this video. It's almost like the prototype sound to a Star Wars storm trooper's blaster or the noise of an old-fashioned Looney Toones character trying to speed away from a villain.
(And at just 10 seconds long, we've definitely watched this video a number of times over to try and pinpoint exactly what the sound reminds us of.)
For more exciting insights into being a glaciologist, check out Neff's social media accounts. Neff documented much of his latest expedition to Antartica on his Twitter page.
Another interesting video is his time-lapse showing how to drill a shallow ice core (thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation).