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Water Appears To Defy Gravity By Spraying Upwards At Hoover Dam

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Water Appears To Defy Gravity By Spraying Upwards At Hoover Dam

A new TikTok video explains how water appears to spray upwards at a world-famous dam in America. Watch below:

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A TikToker called Matt posts regular science-themed explainer videos under the handle @60secondscience.

In one of his latest post, he tells us all about 'three places where gravity doesn't work', including at the Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, which straddles US states Nevada and Arizona.

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Matt, who also runs a YouYube channel about programming called CS1on1, shows us a short clip of someone at the top of the dam trying to pour water from a plastic bottle.

As the liquid pours out, it simply sprays upwards, seemingly defying gravity.

The Hoover Dam. Credit: PA
The Hoover Dam. Credit: PA
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In his voiceover, Matt explains: "The Hoover Dam is located between Nevada and Arizona in the United States. If you pour a bottle of water over the Hoover Dam, it will simply spray upwards, thus seeming to defy gravity.

"This can be explained by the upward airflow coming from the dam's waterfall."

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In the comments, one person joked: "I'm really sorry to the person who had spit on them around February 2020 at the Hoover Dam I did not know it was my first time."

Another wrote: "Hoover Dam is cool."

Later in the video, Matt also tells us about The Mystery Spot in a forest of redwood trees near Santa Cruz, California, which bills itself online as a 'gravitational anomaly' and 'mysterious tourist attraction'.

Matt explains: "In sunny California, there's a place known as The Mystery Spot. When you go there, it's impossible to walk upright, and that's because you're actually leaning.

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Credit: TikTok/@60secondscience
Credit: TikTok/@60secondscience

"A ball can also roll uphill instead of downhill, but this can be explained by a visual illusion. The trees around you make up a horizon point, but the house is tilted."

Lastly, there's also an inverted waterfall over in Iceland, where water falls upwards instead of down.

Matt says: "In Iceland, you can find what's known as the inverted waterfall. This is a waterfall that goes up instead of down.

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"Like the Hoover Dam, it's because of extreme airflow."

Some other people in the comments argued that these weren't necessarily examples of gravity 'not working', but Matt replied: "It's just supposed to be fun."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@60secondscience

Topics: Viral, World News, News, tiktok

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