If only traveling were a little easier on the pocket, wouldn’t we all just pack our bags and set out to explore the world? Until that transpires, however, backpacking around the United States wouldn’t be such a bad idea. How about a sojourn into Nevada, and in particular, its spectacularly scenic Clark County? Not only will you get to put your photography skills to good use at the Red Rock Canyon, but also witness a rather neat trick that the Hoover Dam has up its sleeve!
But first, some trivia for the uninitiated. The majestic Hoover Dam, named after former U.S. President Herbert Hoover, is a popular destination in Clark County, Nevada. Presiding over the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, just within the border between the states of Nevada and Arizona, the dam is a rich source of hydroelectric power, as well as a flood control mechanism for the state. Every year, almost a million tourists make their way to the Hoover Dam, to marvel at its scenic setting and participate in a tour conducted by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Instagram user Leslie Hutchings was on one of these tours when she chanced upon a strange phenomenon. In the video below, Hutchings is seen trying to lean over the ledge and pour water out of her plastic bottle into the strong current below. Which is when Hoover Dam springs a surprise; instead of flowing downward, the water appears to float upward when it exits the bottle, almost as if Hutchings were in an environment with zero gravity!
Wait, what? How exactly does that happen?
To put it simply, the answer lies in the dam’s strong updraft. Here’s what Hutchings has to say about what happened:
“The structure of the dam creates an upward draft that makes water defy gravity – instead of traveling downwards; it is carried upwards by the wind. You have to see it to believe it! We didn’t know just how powerful it was until we experimented and poured water over the edge. A must do on your trip to the American Southwest!”
You heard that right. Take a cue from Hutchings, and plan an American Southwest road trip to try this awesome experiment yourself! In the meantime, watch the video below to see how the Hoover Dam’s strong updraft causes water to defy gravity. And remember to share this post with your friends and family!