This small lake outside Stockholm, Sweden, emits otherworldly sounds as Mårten Ajne skates over its precariously thin, black ice. “Wild ice skating,” or “Nordic skating,” is both an art and a science. A skater seeks out the thinnest, most pristine black ice possible—both for its smoothness, and for its high-pitched, laser-like sounds.
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Black ice is recently frozen, and can be as thin as 2 inches and still support the weight of a skater. Like a dome or arch, the support comes from the sides rather than the top, and the water underneath prevents the ice from breaking. But, experience and careful advance planning are key. Factors including temperature, atmospheric conditions, and even satellite images of the Earth’s surface are considered. It’s complicated, but appealing to mathematicians like Ajne. Even with preparation, there’s a risk of falling in… So it’s best done in groups, for safety.
Read about the science behind Nordic skating in "How Skating on Thin Ice Creates Laser-Like Sounds"
Hear the Otherworldly Sounds of Skating on Thin Ice | National Geographic
I'm sorry but I'm a know-it-all autist and a professional member for test audiences, and the title is wrong when saying that the sounds are "otherworldly" when they are clearly being emitted in our own world. EDIT: Disliked the video for that reason, great content though...such a shame.
"...both an art and a science", "a skater seeks out the thinnest, most pristine black ice possible...for its smoothness".
This sounds as pretentious and pathetic like the "the perfect texture for running" lady.
2 inches = 5,08 Centimeter. If the protagonist in the video is using the metric system, and 99% of the world wide web also using the metric system maybe you, National Geographic, should also use it. ;)
Oh this is really weird yeah. It doesn't need to be skating it just needs ro be melting i guess. I live in finland where there was a snow cowered ice lake one spring and i was just standing on the ground listening the aliens sounds. I dont think anyone was skating
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