There is a reason that Walt Disney chose to freeze his head. Ice is the great preserver and over the lifespan of our world, many things have ended up frozen beneath the surface of some body of water or another. Scientists have increasingly turned to ice in order to make discoveries about our past and predictions about our future. Today, we are going to take a close look at 40 incredible scientific discoveries that were found encased in ice! Buckle your seatbelt, this might get a little weird!
Trapped Methane Gas
There are natural environmental events happening all around the world, but that doesn’t make them any less remarkable. Here, we can see bubbles of methane gas trapped below the surface of a body of water. I would hesitate to crack that ice in order to pop the bubbles, however. Methane gas is incredibly flammable — and dangerous.
Frozen Flood Waters
This picture looks like something out of a band Roland Emmerich film. What we are actually seeing is a flash flood that was frozen in its tracks. How cold does it have to be for something like this to happen? Actually, you know what, we don’t care. We’ll never willingly go somewhere that cold.
Sometimes, the most amazing discoveries showcase the most mundane of objects. Here we can see a frozen balloon that was found on a river near Moscow. We have so many questions about this discovery that we don’t know where to start. We’ll just say this, the next time you let your balloon float away, just know that it’ll end up somewhere.
The Frozen Volcano
What makes this discovery so amazing is the dichotomy between what we’re reading and what we’re seeing. This is a frozen volcano surface located in China. These natural and bizarre features are created due to weird differences in water pressure. Once the water freezes, the entire fixture begins to protrude out of the ground.
We are starting to believe that some weird stuff goes down in Siberia. This is a frozen crater that was located beneath in the Siberian wilderness. This crater was discovered by a team of oil workers as they were flying over the area. The crater is 200 feet across but nobody knows how deep the crater goes. We wonder what’s down there!
If you want to dress in the hottest outfit from 230 A.D., we have your back. This tunic was found frozen within a melting glacier by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology as well as the University of Oslo. Researchers were able to thaw the tunic in order to learn quite a bit about how and when it was made. As more glaciers melt, expect discoveries like this to become commonplace.
Are we alone in the universe? Have aliens come from beyond our solar system in order to leave strange eggs frozen beneath an icy mass of water in Utah? We probably know the answer to that question. This picture was taken in Utah and it shows a bed of ice that appears to be filled with a formation of frozen eggs. The people who discovered this event were incapable of breaking the ice in order to take home a sample.
Finding buried treasure is literally one of the most exciting things that a person can do. In 2012, a French explorer stumbled upon a treasure trove within the Bossons Glacier in France. Inside of the buried box, the explorer found a mail pouch that was filled with hundreds of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. The gems were likely recovered from an Air India plane crash back in the ’50s.
The Super Virus
Ice can preserve life, but not all life needs to be kept around. We are looking at a picture of a rejuvenated, 30,000-year-old virus. Found in the permafrost of Kolyma, Russia, this viral sample is without a modern cure. We hope that the Russian lab that is hosting this discovery makes sure to keep the lid on tight.
Siberia is filled with wild creatures and has been for countless years. With so much area to cover in this frozen wasteland, it makes sense that some weird discoveries can be found in ice. We are looking at a picture of what is alleged to be one of the first domesticated breeds of dogs — ever. We can only imagine what else is buried in ice.
The Subglacial Forest
The Mendenhall Glacier has been melting for hundreds of years. Recently, however, this melt has gone on to reveal an ancient wilderness, tucked away below the ice. The greenery located beneath the ice of the Mendenhall Glacier is estimated to be at least 2,300 years old. Talk about amazing, right?
This picture showcases the effectiveness of human creativity. We see a massive container ship that is transporting goods on Lake Michigan. The only reason we can see this ship trapped within the ice is because of an HD drone that was able to travel across the water. We’re sure the crew didn’t love being stuck, but we bet they got out okay.
Located outside of Cooke City, Montana, a glacier filled with grasshoppers was discovered. We aren’t just talking about a couple of frozen grasshoppers, to be clear. There were millions of grasshoppers recovered frozen within the ice. According to scientific research, these grasshoppers actually belong to an extinct species. Scientists have since dubbed this finding, Grasshopper Glacier. We never said they were creative.
Take a moment to YouTube yourself a Rhino attack. Are you back, now? Horrifying, right? Here we see a baby rhino, covered in fur, that was discovered in Siberia back in 2014. The ancient woolly rhino has since been moved to the Academy of Sciences where it has been extensively researched. They named the rhino Sasha, by the way.
Frozen Flower Field
There is something about frozen objects that makes them almost surreal. In this picture, we can see a frozen field of flowers that had been on the edge of blooming. Some sort of precipitation had occurred which stopped the flowers mid-bloom.
If you suffer from thalassophobia, you struggle seeing images related to ‘the deep’. So, with that frame of mind, would you be scared of pictures that show ‘the deep’ coming for you? This frozen lighthouse was shot in Michigan and is apparently a common enough sight. Still, this picture sends chills straight up to our spines!
In Russia, it is a common sight to see waterfalls that have seemingly frozen in midair. These majestic sights can be truly stunning to behold, but they aren’t intrinsic to the frozen tundra. In fact, the frozen waterfall pictured above was found in Minneapolis.
The Ice Fox
When scientists discover perfectly preserved specimens like this, they have to feel like they struck gold. This fox was discovered in a frozen German lake by a hunter. The hunter had allegedly found numerous frozen creatures throughout his travels. While not intrinsically rare, what makes this find so amazing is how perfectly preserved the creature inside is. Germans apparently use this discovery as a reminder of the dangers that ice can pose.
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote extensively about looking at something old in a new way. Here we see a flower, like any other flower, but it is encrusted in tiny flakes of ice. This frozen flower is a blend of something old and something new and it is altogether beautiful. We’d frame this and put it on our coffee table if we could.
Surviving the Ice
Did you know that alligators can survive an entire winter while frozen in ice? The picture you see above showcases an alligator stuck in ice, patiently waiting for the thaw to come around. For whatever reason, gators are able to preserve the health of their vitals and internal organs. Where we might die due to frostbite, alligators routinely survive. Talk about a killer survival instinct!
Fighting a Frozen Fire
If you’ve spent even a single winter in Illinois, you’ll understand how cold it can get. This picture shows the scene of a massive fire that took nearly 200 firefighters to control. The battle happened during single-digit temperatures and it culminated with the entire stockyard being coated in water which, as you understand, ended up completely freezing. Surreal!
Preserved Plane Crashes
If you think about how large our world is and compare that to how many flights go missing every year, you’ll start to come upon a realization. Plane crashes are routinely being found preserved in ice all over the world. This photo shows the remnants of a military plane that was presumed lost in 1952. Remnants of the plane were found in a glacier near Anchorage, Alaska. 52 people perished and it took over 50 years for the ice to melt enough for recovery operations.
Sequel to 2012
Okay, so this isn’t really a screenshot from an unreleased ‘2012’ sequel. This is actually a frozen lighthouse seated on a spit of land that stretches into Lake Michigan. Apparently, this is super common around the lake which means that we are going to stay very far away during winter. This image is beautiful, though.
If you want to learn a little more about Floki and Ragnar without the help of the History Channel, consider digging around in some Norwegian ice! This image shows an incredible Viking discovery in Juvfonna, Norway. Scientists have recovered reindeer traps, weapons, and even clothing in the ice. We’re sure there’s a better story in there than another trip to Iceland with Floki. Are you listening, Michael Hirst?
When it comes to frozen frogs, this is certainly one of them. The rana sylvatica is native to North America. You can find this frog anywhere from North Carolina to the Boreal Forest in Canada. Frogs are routinely found frozen in ice due to how often they are near the water, even when it is cold. All it takes is for a little bit of shock to set in and a frog will be stuck in ice, incapable of escaping.
Chilean Sacrificial Site
The Incas thought that human sacrifices could help to sway the gods to bring them rain, crops, and protection. The Andes Mountains are littered with sacrificial sites that were established by the Incans. Scientists have found more than 115 burial sites in the Mountains with one of the most famous discoveries happening in 1954.
The Ice Bubble
This beautiful image showcases a frozen soap bubble. This bubble was blown in Montreal and the details captured on camera are nothing short of amazing. You can see different shades of color through the bubble as well as the details being derived from the creeping frost at the base of the bubble.
World War I was a global war and that meant that battles were fought everywhere, even high in the frozen Alps. Fighting in the mountains was awful and it exposed members of both sides to deadly elements that would take them to their graves. Scientists routinely recover soldiers, weapons, and remnants from ancient battles up in the mountains.
Atlatl darts were used by ancient humans in order to hunt large animals on the prairie. Atlatl darts preceded the bow and arrow but gave similar results when used for hunting. These weapons were ornately carved and typically helped to signify the status or story of the person carrying them. They were an improvement from the conventional spear.
Have we taken a left turn into the world of Pokemon? Nope! Instead, we are looking at something known as a Sea Pig. These tiny creatures dwell at the bottom of the sea and are known for eating organic nutrients. These bizarre creatures have been discovered frozen in ice throughout the South Pole.
Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok
A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.
The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.
As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.
Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.
Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.
Massive Sandcastle Built by Auckland Brothers Impresses Scores of Beachgoers
When you have run out of Christmas ideas, nothing beats going to the beach and letting your creative juices flow. That’s what two brothers in New Zealand did this past Boxing Day and ended up with an amazing and eye-catching sandcastle.
After building a massive sandcastle on Boxing Day, two Auckland boys gained praise from other people around Mt Maunganui’s beach area that day.
Jared and Paul Brandon spent 10 hours that day building a two-meter-high sandcastle, beginning with a sketch of the structure “on a piece of A4 paper” and beginning at high tide. The pair plans to turn this into a Boxing Day ritual.
On Christmas Eve, the brothers started strategizing on how to top last year’s one-meter-high tower on Boxing Day 2021.
Because Jared and Paul are “very competitive,” they wanted to outdo their performance from the previous year. Before beginning their construction, the two searched online for sandcastle designs after visiting Bunnings to get tools, buckets, as well as a footrest.
Both residents and visitors have expressed admiration and astonishment at the beautiful creation.
Jared chuckles, “A guy is assessing how tall it is currently with his beach umbrella.
Jared informed the media, “This one is 2 meters, so we needed a few footstools to climb up tall enough and also used a builder’s level so it didn’t topple over.
The 150-liter pail was the biggest we were able to use, and the traditional household bucket was a fairly small one. We purchased them both from Bunnings.
Paul explains, “There are a few techniques, such as two portions of water to one portion of sand.”
Then came the spatulas to shape the windows, then toothpicks for creating the roof piles, as well as the straws for blowing off the “extra sand.”
The previous night, the two worked on it until 8 p.m., and unlike last year, it is still standing.
“Time went by incredibly quickly; it seemed like we were only at the beach for five hours, instead of ten.” “Paul spoke to the press.
He claims that while working for a California hotel plus learning how to construct sandcastles as a kid-friendly activity, he acquired the skill there about eight years ago.
“Now that he’s used that knowledge and developed it, he taught me. Therefore, for the previous four to five years, whenever we had the time, we would construct a sandcastle once a year ” says Jared.
The two, who are both camera operators, intend to go much further next year and are hoping to enlist the aid of a larger family.
We will attempt to teach my sister as well as my brother-in-law to assist us as they appear interested this year. “We are striving to dredge up more relatives to get involved in creating a village in 2023.”
Man Finds $47,000 Historic Ring
England is very much metal detector country. The land outside the big cities is stuffed full of artifacts and leftovers from ancient times, ranging from before the Romans’ arrival to the Middle Ages and more. So, it’s not surprising, with the blessing of local farmers, that many a fellow with a metal detector is out there spending a Saturday or Sunday scanning through a fallow farm field to see what might be found. As it turned out, David Board was one of those hunters, and he just happened to come across a very small gold ring in one of his ventures.
Located outside of Dorset, Board was busy scanning a pasture field and had been doing so for hours. The sun was late in the sky, and Board was about to wrap up when his machine pinged a definite metallic substance under the soil he was waving the sensor over. Sure enough, pinpointing the location and then digging specifically into that spot, Board unearthed a very small gold ring.
It was in the farm soil, the ground typically tilled for planting, but this particular field had been used for cattle instead. So, five inches underground, the ring remained until Board found it and pulled it back into the daylight. At first, he chalked up the discovery to just another piece of metal from old times, he cleared off the dirt, pocketed the ring and kept going. Then, at the end of the day, Board went home and washed off his finds in the sink. It was only then that he realized what that ring actually was.
While the method of metal detecting in England gives archaeologists utter heart attacks every time they hear a similar story, the finds are generally split between the metal detector and the farm owner, unless the farm owner just waives off the matter and lets the hunters keep whatever they find. Whichever the case in this instance, the ring was no small trinket. It turned out to be an exceedingly well-crafted and rare gold wedding ring from the Medieval period and in very good condition. To be auctioned off later this year, the find is expected to net between 30,000 to 47,000 British Pounds.
The only surprise to anyone hearing the story in England these days is why the local farmers still allow detectors to scan their fields without any stake in the finds.
Gold Miners Dig Up a Lot More than Ancient Gold
Gold miners are used to finding all sorts of things from ancient times. It’s not uncommon to find relics of prior miners, old habitats, animal remains and even dinosaur fossils as they dig deep into the earth or excavate large areas. However, it’s not an everyday occurrence to find a practically intact mummy of a baby mammoth.
Based on the estimates possible on first evaluation of the mummified baby mammoth found on June 21 by operations at the Klondike gold deposit, way up in the northern part of Canada, miners discovered a baby female mammoth assumed to be probably 30,000 years old. An occasional dinosaur or mammoth bone is uncommon but a regular occurrence. However, finding a complete set of remains of a baby mammoth is extremely rare and a big news in the world of paleontology and biology. Even better, the specimen is practically complete. Most times the remains have been tampered with by other animals or hunting and scavenging. Then nature moves things around even further and separates parts. In this case, however, the baby mammoth was complete, intact and well-preserved.
Named Nun cho ga but the local tribes, the find essentially means big baby animal, no surprise. All the skin and hair is intact, which makes the find extremely valuable in terms of understanding exactly how junvenile mammoths looked and probably behaved mechanically as well as physically. In terms of scientific information, the find is huge. It’s similar to finding an entire painting by a famous artist versus just having a brush he or she might have used.
Locked away in permafrost for centuries, the baby mammoth was literally preserved in the earth’s freezer, untouched by bacteria or the elements for an amazing amount of time. Scientists evaluating the specimen guess that the juvenile likely passed away earlier, maybe from sickness, as its pack was moving since there were no predatory marks on it or scattering of remains. Or, also likely, the animal may have gotten stuck in a deep mud pit or quicksand and was quickly buried, protecting it from rot or degradation.
The last time anyone found a North American baby mammoth in good condition was in 1948, some 70 plus years ago. That one was named Effie, and was located inside a gold mine in Alaska. Additionally, another more recent find was in 2007 in Siberia. That find was estimated to be much older, at 42,000 years of age. It was comparative to the same size as Nun cho ga, which means the two together will provide some interesting comparative notes and years of study going forward. It’s enough to make a dinosaur scientist get giggly.
Pennsylvania Nurses Get a COVID Booster for Student Loan Debt
Becoming a nurse is no easy day in the park. Aside from all the clinical hours required and bookwork in classes, a candidate still has to pass their state license exams as well as figure out how to pay for the education costs. It’s quite common for a graduating nurse, whether an LN or RN, to have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That was already a significant barrier to recruitment before COVID-19 arrived. Things only got worse as experienced nurses left the field in droves after the pandemic’s burnout.
However, Pennsylvania is hitting the problem head on. The state decided that it was going to provide a pot totaling $55 million to help reduce or eliminate student loan debt for eligible nurses. Funded by a combination of state dollars matched to federal American Rescue Plan funds for overall economic stimulus, Pennsylvania directed its internal share to help boost nursing in-state again as well as keep nurses in their careers with financial stability.
Essentially, any nurse who worked during the pandemic, was licensed by the state, and cared for COVID-19 patients will be eligible to get a $7,500 payment for student loan relief. The funds are one-time, non-recurring, but they still represent a huge wave of debt relief for affected nurses. 24,000 plus nurses responded with applications before the deadline ended, which has exceeded the estimated fund allocation available, no surprise. To deal with this surge in eligibility, the state administrators will split the funds on a prorata basis between the impacted state areas and regions, based on the number of nurses who applied. Then, within each regional pot, nurses will be selected by random on who will get the one-time payment.
Those who are selected won’t see the funds themselves. To ensure the payment is used correctly, the money goes directly to the student loan servicer provided by that nurse in their application. The first recipients will see their student loans lowered this month, in August 2022. To help deal with the demand, an additional $15 million in federal dollars was redirected to the fund as well. The allocation for an awardee is $2,500 each year for three years. This allows an easier outflow of funds versus a demand surge all at once. Which will be a considerable amount of accounting work on the state side.
The hope is that with the eventual success of the program expected in nurse retention, the same model can be used again to bolster sagging industries seeing a brain drain in Pennsylvania, as well as stabilize people being crushed by student loan debt.
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