Cold weather can create some wild fluid dynamics, so pay attention to your local rivers and waterfalls during the next cold snap. The video above comes from North Dakota where a combination of cold dense air and a stable river eddy created a spinning ice disk, roughly 16 meters in diameter. The disk forms as a collection of ice chunks—not one solid, spinning piece—because the ice formed gradually. As ice pieces form, they get caught in the river eddy and begin to spin as part of the disk, rather like dust and ice do in the rings of Saturn. Such formations are rare but not unheard of; here’s a video showing a similar disk as it grows. (Video credit: G. Loegering; via Yahoo and io9; submitted by Simon H and John C)
Etsy-related announcement: If you are thinking of buying any prints for Christmas, this is The Week! Because of the inevitable rush of mail and packages at this time of year, I can’t guarantee anything ordered after December 5th will make it in time. Order now and save us both some worry!
Lizustration Etsy <— the link
All the Rolemodels pieces are up on the Light Grey Art Lab shop so I can finally post my mage character! You can see everyone’s work HERE, order the deck HERE and if you’d like a nice big fine art print of my piece you can buy one HERE. And don’t miss out seeing all the pieces because everyone did an absolutely incredible job!
(I’ve also been working on a little side project with a whole variety of mages, hopefully I’ll have some updates on that soon!)
The Old Maple Tree Whispered To Her That Everything Would Be Okay
A Year In Trees
A made this animated/print piece to accompany the beautiful op-ed story “A Year in Trees" for the NY Times. I was really excited to try animating something like this. Thanks AD’s Erich Nagler and Aviva Michaelov !
If Earth Had Rings
First off, they would be really pretty to look at. They would also dominate the sky in both night and day at exactly the same place as they would never rise nor set. And at night you would see the Earth’s shadow swing across the rings, like in the 4th photo here.
However, life would be very different on Earth if this were the case. Nocturnal animals would have a hard time being nocturnal, as the light reflecting from the rings would illuminate the night.
Because we are closer to the Sun than Saturn is, the rings would be more rocky than ice, making them less bright but still pretty bright. In fact, you would see far less stars at night (living anywhere other than the equator or the arctic circle) because of the light pollution and not to mention ruin most meteor showers because of that.
During the day the rings would block sunlight in certain regions of the planet creating wild weather cycles and effecting plant life as well. So basically, they would be definitely pretty to look at but they would also make a whole lot of things screwy.
Illustrations by Ron Miller // io9
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And Part 2