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   Undertoad  Monday Mar 21 10:24 AM

3/21/2005: Ice stalagmites

404error sends this one along from todays Earth Sci Pic of the Day. What a beaut! The official caption:

The photo showing intriguing ice stalagmites was taken on February 6, 2005 from near Tunnelton, Pennsylvania. My brother and I drove to Tunnelton to see the old Pennsylvania Railroad viaduct across the Conemaugh River. While there, we went over to see the 1907 Bow Tunnel, which was abandoned in 1950 with the completion of the Conemaugh River Dam flood control project. These stalagmites were formed from water seeping from the tunnel ceiling. In winter, when the temperatures is the tunnel are below freezing, the water droplets freeze on contact, resulting in this fascinating formation. In this case, the dripping water causing the stalagmites doesn't appear to be falling from ice stalactites.

LabRat  Monday Mar 21 10:26 AM


Happy Monkey  Monday Mar 21 11:14 AM


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 21 07:30 PM

Strange, there's "mites" but no "tites".

mhartzel  Monday Mar 21 08:27 PM

upon closer inspection it appears that there are a few "tite's" along the very top of the tunnel.

Still a great pic though...
Are tite's related to taint's?

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 21 09:10 PM

You're right, but I would expect the "tites" to be as large or larger than the "mites". I guess the latent heat in the water, right out of the earth, keeps it from freezing before it can drip.

Happy Monkey  Monday Mar 21 09:58 PM

Yeah, my guess is that whatever is keeping it liquid above the roof is also keeping the roof warm enough to prevent ice buildup.

Happy Monkey  Monday Mar 21 10:47 PM


Billy  Tuesday Mar 22 12:33 AM

I feel that the Ice man stand to have a meeting.

wolf  Tuesday Mar 22 01:15 AM

Originally Posted by Happy Monkey
Somebody has too much time on his hands ...

(very, very cool. Thanks for taking the time to make something this delightful.)

404Error  Tuesday Mar 22 03:10 AM

Originally Posted by Happy Monkey
Laughed out loud at that, it's even better than the original picture!

But it's true, you do have too much time on your hands. Must have taken you a while to put eyes on all those.

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Mar 22 05:24 AM

He took the condoms off.

Happy Monkey  Tuesday Mar 22 08:02 AM

It actually went a bit faster than I expected, using the circle tool on MS paint, while watching 24...

If I'd tried to add those fingery things the hattifatteners have, that would have taken a while.

dar512  Tuesday Mar 22 10:09 AM

Dagnabbit, HM. Now I have to clean my monitor.

axlrosen  Tuesday Mar 22 11:53 AM

It'd be a terrible thing to do, I know, but how cool would it be to machete your way through these things with a baseball bat? Or a bowling ball?

wolf  Tuesday Mar 22 01:56 PM

I'm thinking either shotgun or full auto AK47.

Especially if they keep staring at me like that.

Happy Monkey  Tuesday Mar 22 02:18 PM

Especialier (new word) if it's during a thunderstorm, they've turned electric, and you've stolen their barometer.

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