Saturday, April 2, 2011

Snow Column Buckling

We got a really wet snow storm yesterday, allowing the snow to stick to the side of the wood on my balcony. In the morning, as it started to get warm, several of the columns started to buckle like this.

I thought it was cool enough to share. Doesn't the big kink look unstable? Oh yeah. I took this picture, turned away for a second; by the time I looked back, the column had collapsed.

Here's another baby one:

What physics do you see here? What does this picture make you wonder about?

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