The finger of death swept, freezing all creatures on the sea floor

The finger of death swept, freezing all creatures on the sea floor
At the bottom of the mysterious ocean, the strange phenomenon of brinicle or death finger rarely happens, attracting people by the magical beauty but full of death.

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The finger of death swept, freezing all creatures on the sea floor
After a long time of research, the most reasonable answer to the formation of the strange phenomenon of death fingers (aka brinicle) on the seabed has been given. Researchers at the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics reveal the process of brinicle formation. Photo: Awareness Act.
The finger of death swept, freezing all creatures on the sea floor
As the sea freezes in the Arctic and the Antarctic, salts and other ions are removed from the water crystals, making the ice more pure. This salt accumulates in cracks in the thick sea ice. However, under the effects of the environment, sea ice cracks cannot keep the abundant salt inside and leak out. Photo: National Geographic.
The finger of death swept, freezing all creatures on the sea floor
The surrounding water becomes more salty causing the freezing temperature to decrease, the density of sea water to rise. This also prevents the water here from freezing. The surface layer of ice is gradually submerged into the sea floor due to the difference in salt concentration and the formation of icicles in the middle of the ocean. Photo: Pinterest.
The finger of death swept, freezing all creatures on the sea floor
When it reaches the bottom of the sea, the ice column instantly spreads around the surface and freezes everything around it, even living things like starfish and sea urchins. Therefore, this phenomenon is also known as the "pillar of death". Photo: Pinterest.
The finger of death swept, freezing all creatures on the sea floor
Thurber dived under the sea ice in Antarctica to collect specimens. He is one of the few scientists to witness the formation and development of brinicle. The icicles look like inverted cacti made from glass. They are subtle and seem to be able to break with the slightest touch. Photo: Wired.
The finger of death swept, freezing all creatures on the sea floor
In 2011, BBC filmmakers became the first people to record the whole process of forming an icicle. Using underwater cameras, they recorded a rare phenomenon deep in the depths of the Antarctic ocean at minus 2 degrees Celsius. This is the first video recording this close-up and truly strange natural phenomenon. Accordingly, the finger of death froze everything in its path. Photo: Wired.

The finger of death swept, freezing all creatures on the sea floor The finger of death swept, freezing all creatures on the sea floor Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on October 09, 2019 Rating: 5

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