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The sound a hole in a glacier makes is something you’d never expect

A team of scientists from the University of Rochester recently made a cool discovery while on a trip to Antarctica. No, it wasn’t about global warming (yet). It was about cartoon sounds.

To study the effects of greenhouse gases on the planet, the scientists drilled 90-metre boreholes into the 800,000-year-old Antarctic ice. During their down time, a few of them dropped pieces of ice into the holes to see what would happen.

The result is something you’d only think of hearing in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, and not in a scientific expedition. Listen:

After falling for around 10 seconds, the chunk of ice reaches the base and creates a strange ‘pew’ sound reminiscent of cartoon pistol shots.

According to Peter Neff, a postdoctoral associate in the University of Rochester’s Ice Core Lab, the sound must have been made due to either a reverberation or the Doppler effect.

You can learn more about the research team’s findings by checking out their expedition blog.

Via My Modern Met

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