YouTuber Discovers That Skimming Stones On Ice Makes An Incredibly Satisfying Noise
If you're walking past a lake, you're going to skip a rock. If you see a frozen lake, you're going to chuck a rock at it to break the ice. However, one guy combined the two things and managed to find out that the sound it makes is one of the more bizarrely satisfying things to listen to. Hear it for yourself by clicking the video below.
He shared the video back in 2014, but it's just starting to trend again now, for whatever reason.
You see, Cory and his girlfriend were out for a stroll about in the woods by a lake near to Anchorage in Alaska.
Of course, because he's a YouTuber, the whole thing was being filmed.
Picking up a stone, he makes to skim it across the water, but - this being Alaska during the Northern Hemisphere's winter - the water is completely frozen solid.
Given how cold Alaska is, the water was probably frozen to a decent depth, too.
Anyway, it makes a strange, echoey, bouncing sound as the stone crashes across the ice. It certainly impressed him, by the looks of things.
Cory said: "This is the coolest sound I've ever heard!"
It seems that people broadly agree with him.
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One Facebook user wrote: "Had to watch the rock skipping like four times. Such an amazing sound,"
Well, if you've come this far, you're probably wanting some sort of explanation for the sound, aren't you?
The pinging, spaced out sound is caused by vibrations caused by the relatively small rock reverberating through the large surface area of the ice.
If you consider a gigantic lake-sized cymbal or drum skin, you might start to put together an idea of how it works.
Indeed, that's how all sound works in one way or the other. It's all just vibrations.
The reason this particularly interesting sound occurs when you hurl things at ice is that beneath the ice there is a body of water that allows the ice to move up and down.
The tone and pitch of the noise will also vary depending on factors such as the thickness of the ice, and - strangely enough - whether the ice is clear or not.
If the ice is not glassy and clear there will be some grains and particles in the ice that will absorb some of the sound.
That gives off a similarly spooky, but lessened and lower frequency, effect.
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