You will be surprised to learn the reason for such a peculiar experiment.
It is usual that some experiments call more the attention of the general public for its first impact which is why it is really being studied and this case could not be a better example. If we show you a picture of a ocean with pink waterThe first impression is surprise, to say the least. However the study of water currents is behind this ingenious method of dyeing water, which has become viral among science buffs.
There are not a few cases of experiments that end up becoming viral on the internet, with some crazy inventors showing the most bizarre science on YouTube, or with crazy scientists that the world of cinema has presented to us. Now, we also want to value the most curious experimentation, carried out by North American scientists.
Pink fresh water, I introduce you to salt water
The case that shows us Scripps Institution of Oceanography, located in California, is as spectacular as it is curious. It turns out that the experiment that they have in their hands is called PiNCan acronym for Nearshore Torrents, and is using a pink tint to identify the movement of fresh water that comes into first contact with salty sea water. Three dyeings have been carried out so far, all of them to find out what the interaction between water from rivers or estuaries and salt water is like.
These pink waves off the coast of Torrey Pines Natural Reserve are part of a study led by Scripps researchers exploring the physics of coastal dynamics. The fieldwork part of the study wraps up on Feb. 2. Learn more about the research ⬇️ 🌊 @UCSanDiegohttps://t.co/ZcEgNJw2rV pic.twitter.com/f869M6pYJH
— Scripps Institution of Oceanography (@Scripps_Ocean) February 2, 2023
through the pink tintat the mouth of the estuary, you can make a monitoring of currents. Sarah Giddings, who led this project, states that:
I’m excited, because this research hasn’t been done before and it’s a really unique experiment. We are bringing together a lot of different people with diverse backgrounds, which I think will give us great results and impact. We will combine the results of this experiment with previous studies and computer-generated models, which will allow us to further our understanding of how torrents spread.
He follow-up of the pink dye is made by land, sea and air, with the use of different types of instruments, such as drones, sensors in the sand or jet skis with devices that measure the fluorescence of the water. The chosen area, the swamp called Los Peñasquitos, is the perfect system for the study, since it is truly dynamic. It certainly seems that the tint remains visible for a few hours, removing its trace a day after being deployed. The experiments, once again, do not cease to amaze us.