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Water from a pipe seems to be frozen – until a hand interrupts the flow and shatters the illusion

Frozen image! Water from a pipe seems to be frozen – until a hand interrupts the flow and shatters the illusion

  • Pietro Giancarlo, 39, saw the phenomenon at Parco Nazionale D’Abruzzo in Italy
  • The flowing water above a block of ice seemed frozen over time
  • The process is called laminar flow where fluid particles follow flowing paths

This is the incredible moment that a stream of water appears as if it was frozen in time.

Pietro Giancarlo, 39, saw the rare natural phenomenon during a visit to the Parco Nazionale D’Abruzzo in Italy.

Pietro’s video shows a jet coming from a pipe above a frozen ice block.

A stream of water from a pipe appears to be frozen in time

The video was made by Pietro Giancarlo in the Parco Nazionale D'Abruzzo in Italy

The video was made by Pietro Giancarlo in the Parco Nazionale D'Abruzzo in Italy

A stream of water from a pipe seems frozen in time in a video made by Pietro Giancarlo in the Parco Nazionale D’Abruzzo in Italy

The stream also seems frozen, but when Pietro moves his hand through it, the stream breaks and flows over his fingers.

The unusual phenomenon occurs when water almost freezes and it gives the optical illusion that the water is solid and immobile.

It is a form of laminar flow in which liquid particles follow smooth paths in layers and do not collide and cause a spray jet.

The unusual phenomenon occurs when water almost freezes and it gives the optical illusion that the water is firm and immobile

The unusual phenomenon occurs when water almost freezes and it gives the optical illusion that the water is firm and immobile

The unusual phenomenon occurs when water almost freezes and it gives the optical illusion that the water is firm and immobile

For a laminar flow, the water must be free of impurities and the speed of the flow must be constant.

The inner surface of the tube from which the water flows must also be smooth for the rare event to occur.

Every water molecule follows the path of the vehicle in front in a very precise way and the absence of wind helps it stay smooth.

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