Skipping Rocks On Frozen Lake Makes The “Coolest Sound Ever”

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This viral video proves Musicians and their musical instruments are not the only ones capable of creating breathtaking sounds, nature has a band of her own. And one of the leading players on band Planet Earth is frozen lakes.

Do you live at a high altitude and have a frozen lake nearby? If so you can test out the awesomeness of the video featured below, which proves skipping rocks on a frozen lake can sound a lot like a note from a talented group of musicians.

Known as DudeLikeHella online, Cory Williams was very excited about his discovery of the frozen lake in Alaska, pictured below. In fact, Cory seems to be excited about life itself–just my kind of person :).

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When Cory notices the frozen lake off to the side of the road he jokes about walking on the ice, and enlisting the giggling girl at his side to save him by swimming in.

Thankfully Cory goes against walking on the ice and instead decides to settle for skipping stones across the icy water. The sound that results is pure magic! Watch the video below to hear for yourself, it starts to get good at the 4:00 minute mark.

So what is the cause of this wild occurrence? And is it even real?

Corey’s excitement hits an entirely new level when he skips a rock across the frozen water’s surface and hears the most incredible sound ensue. He’s so excited, in fact, that he actually farts in the process of searching for more rocks to skip along the water.

Ever since this video went viral, people have been running out to the nearest frozen lake and throwing stones. Many of which end up disappointed, hence how rumors sparked that Cory’s video was only a hoax. But wait, it’s not a hoax at all.

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Skipping stones across a frozen lake does not necessarily result in these sounds for a few reasons. The lake must only be partially solid, because it is the vibrations of the frozen and non-frozen water moving together that results in the sound when stones are skipped across the top. High altitude is also a big part of this occurrence, and has been reported by many others living in high-altitude icy communities throughout time.

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Different ice will generate different sorts of sounds. For instance, another type of ice would be ‘clear ice,’ which is see-through in appearance. This type of ice offers a more high-pitched sound when a rock hits its surface.

On the other hand, ‘snow ice,’ or ice that forms over a lake just after a snowfall is very moist and produces a very low-frequency sound due to its absorption of noise.

The cool echo effect that accompanies the sound in this video is produced by a slightly complicated natural occurrence that relates to the speed of sound. The sound waves that come from within the ice meet our ears before the sound generated outside of the ice. This is because speed has a sound and when ice is thrown into the mix the results are substantial, creating a lot of noise coming at you in a vibrating pattern.

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At one point Corey grabs a giant rock, or rather very mini-boulder, and throws it out over the water, since the ice is not very thick it crashes right through, but not without first making the same musical sound. The fact that this rock crashes through proves that the ice is not very solid, hence why this lake is so musical, there are plenty of solid and liquid particles to whistle together in vibrating harmony.

Photo and Video Credits: Youtube, ifliscience.com