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10 ON 10 - Travel & Entertainment
These are the videos I pay my internet bills for, very informative and entertaining, also value the hardwork put in...
4ster P
4ster P 15 days ago
I totally agree, I always feel like I’m wasting so much time when I watch a sit com which I haven’t in years. I always try to watch something informative for my entertainment. It doesn’t feel like so much of a waste of time. -Knowledge is power
Elizabeth Brown
Elizabeth Brown 21 day ago
why is your checkmark squished
BandofHorses 1985
@Owen McDonald Oh the irony. You do realize you have to actually attend school to to know what they do and don't teach right? For you to say that don't teach physics It's quite honestly the dumbest thing I've ever heard It's quite honestly the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I remember learning about space in every single grade kindergarten through 12. If that is your child, I feel bad for him. Don't indoctrinate him with all your misinformation and income incorrect opinions and dipshit mindset. It's pretty disgusting to be honest.
BandofHorses 1985
@joe bloggs That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard
BandofHorses 1985
@Owen McDonald i truly hope that's not your child in your pic. You couldn't be dumber..
Jinesh Prajapati
This video has such videography. The script is also very well written, in such a way that it generates curiosity to know more and more. It felt like I was watching a show on BBC or Discovery and it brings back so many memories, felt super nostalgic. Kudos to the writer, director, videographer, producer and everyone else involved in making this video, absolutely loved it!
insperatus 14 days ago
Absolutely, but what's with the weird caricature of Humphry Davy, you'd think he'd deserve some respect.
Super 21 day ago
@Teach Liberty I mean, I get people are salty with the BBC for whatever political reasons they don't like but they have been at the forefront of broadcasting technology since forever. A lot of core tech that's used throughout the entire industry comes from the BBC's RnD departments from colour science to audio specs (I say this having worked as a colourist for the better part of a decade). Plus they do make some super pretty stuff. David Attenborough's shows have been the high bar for documentary film making since forever and always put a focus on pushing technology and film making forward. They might make some ropey looking scifi every now and then (looking at you Dr Who) but shows like Peaky Blinders show they can make some good looking TV when they want to. Can't say I dig Discovery's style much though. Only so many cheesy "the truth is out there" documentaries I can stomach :D
Michael Cox
Michael Cox 25 days ago
The difference between this video and most other Veritasium videos is ART DEPARTMENT! Models are always dope.
Teach Liberty
Teach Liberty Month ago
To compare this to Discovery channel and BBC today is an insult to this video.
JvstSmvg Month ago
Jeswin Joseph
Jeswin Joseph 21 day ago
Awesome presentation! Btw, I wish Derek did one presentation for each element in periodic table. It will be very insightful and educational to know the discovery, uses and properties of each element.
Jean Kwiatkowski
Jean Kwiatkowski 2 days ago
i'll second that! I would definitely watch.
Matt C
Matt C 7 days ago
The channel Periodic Videos has an old series like this, check it out!
Hussein Moghnieh
The amount of work you put in your videos is outstanding. You take your time explaining the details with great animations and experiments!
Janaun Voyles
Janaun Voyles Month ago
I saw these ponds on my flight from Denver to Bakersfield Ca and have wondered what they were ever since. They are so stark and noticeable in the terra cotta-colored landscape. I've shown them to several people with google maps because I think there so cool and unusual THANK YOU!
tercelfish00 Year ago
This is like 90's Discovery Channel, before it all went to reality show crap.
gwho 5 days ago
@From The Backseat idiot commies blaming human nature on capitalism. communism creates dicatatorships and kills more poeple than capitalism ever has, but "y'all never want to discuss that"
From The Backseat
From The Backseat 22 days ago
@Lane Do you have any specific claims about the USSR that you’d like to know if they are correct? Regardless, I can tell you for certain that 90% of the stuff western governments said about the USSR is completely fabricated, and contradicted if you read the declassified CIA reports. They were lies made up to smear their geopolitical enemy. Basically everything the US accused the USSR of doing was being done even worse by the US. America had a far higher prison population, yet they accused the USSR of imprisoning innocent people? Lol. The prison system in the US was simply a continuation of slavery meant to imprison innocent men and get free labor out of them. Mind you, the US accused the USSR of doing exactly that. It’s all projection. “Everyone was starving in the USSR!” Nope. CIA internal reports compared the diets of the US and USSR and found them completely comparable. “Everyone was thrown in the gulag for any dissent!” Also incorrect. And the United States imprisons far more people than the USSR ever did. And the Gulag system was completely done away with by 1960. “It was a dictatorship!” A dictatorship of the proletariat, maybe. A dictatorship of the people. A dictatorship of the majority. One that represents the interests of the common people. Aside from that, internal CIA reports also said that Stalin did not qualify as a dictator. I’m not in the business of defending Stalin, I’m just repeating what the CIA claimed. In the end, the USSR was just like other so-called “normal” countries. Is there anything else you’d like to know?
Lane 22 days ago
@From The Backseat I only know about the Soviet Union by what our tv and politicians tell us ... is it true ? It stands for socialism ... USSR
Astto Scott
Astto Scott Month ago
I can't stand most American made documentaries. They are made for idiots with short attention spans.
From The Backseat
@A R so did the Soviet Union. They also had cutting edge technology and made their own films, music, and art. They had televisions.
Markus Andrew
Markus Andrew Month ago
So glad I found this video! I noticed these huge pools of - something - on Google Earth once, in the middle of a desert in China, and wondered what on Earth they could be. I mean, they were out in the middle of absolutely nowhere, with no cities, towns or habitation sites for what must have been hundreds of miles around, and they had to be enormous to show up at the altitude I was viewing from. Now I know what they are. Cheers!
Tamara Harder
Tamara Harder Month ago
There is lots of potash mining in Saskatchewan (my home province) and it was really cool to learn about the history. I had NO IDEA of the origin with burned hardwoods. I have only ever known it as a mined substance.
REME Month ago
Outstanding video, Derek, as always. Fun to learn, interesting topic, and expertly narrated. Well done.
scmike1229 26 days ago
This is super interesting to me since I work for Nutrien Agriculture, the largest producer of potash in the world. They are based in Saskatchewan, and formed by a mergre of Potash Corp and Agrium. Thanks for the great video!
Ajay Singh Rana
Ajay Singh Rana 10 months ago
If Veritasium was a school there would not be a single person that hated science or maths. The way he explains with so much hard work i never wish to leave his videos unwatched.
riverstun Month ago
Before him, there was Carl Sagan.
James Rindley
James Rindley Month ago
Veritasium videos are great and I love them, but it isn't really learning science and maths. To really learn those subjects you have to do quite a lot more work yourself. It doesn't need to be painful but it won't be as amusing as watching a video. We all love watching alkali metals explode but that isn't actually learning chemistry. Teaching people a subject so that they really understand it and can use their knowledge to do useful stuff requires hard work and can unfortunately not always be all fun.
One-Eyed Beanie
One-Eyed Beanie Month ago
But they weren't miners anymore after they grew up. 😅
ClaimClam Month ago
LOL this is passive entertainment nothing like solving difficult maths
mf2yu Month ago
nah. Some kids would still hate learning science even if Veritasium teaches them. Otherwise Veritasium's videos would get bigger views than MrBeast's
Rapture Bound
Rapture Bound Month ago
My wifes family is from Moab. She graduated HS there and we lived there in the mid 70's. The Potash industry there employed alot of locals but it was just one of many mining type jobs in that area. Uranium was also big business in the Moab area. If you weren't mining the minerals you were trucking them and if you weren't trucking them you were processing the minerals in some mill or shipping them out on railcars to points unknown. But even I didn't fully know the history of Potash. This was very interesting and informative. I had no idea the overall impact and importance of that Potash. Thank you. I'm a new subscriber ✅ .
@all Month ago
Hey Derek, still planning on doing more in this series? The first one was awesome!
Barak Aviv
Barak Aviv 18 days ago
Just wanted to say thank you for all these eye-opening videos you make. I really got answers to all the questions I had during this video. One question remains, what does the end date for when the potassium will run out, and does scientists looking for alternative solutions? Thanks
The Duckling Homestead and Gardens
I'm going to watch this at least 2 more times, to cement all of the ways it can be made and which version creates which composition of Potash and then how each can be used!!! AWESOME video!!! Definitely knowledge worth knowing for sure!!!
Bangs Cutter
Bangs Cutter Year ago
I'm a 35 years old scientist, and this is the first time I learnt that the name "potassium" came from "pot ash". One of those trivia facts which you don't really learn in education.
Madame Musashi
Madame Musashi Month ago
ZTK RC Month ago
Considering you aren't using correct english, maybe where you went to school wasn't very familiar with English either and didn't see the need to mention the portmanteau origin of the word?
BlueRice Month ago
i learned that the china has discover or invented gun power and first as dynamic but never as a gun. korea was the first to use it to make arrow missiles but it was not effective. western than used it as dynamic to make underground tunnel for mining for gold and such. just like ice cream was invented in china but they dont get the credit for it.
Tyra Faith
Tyra Faith Month ago
We actually study that in inorganic pharmaceutical chemistry.😊😊😊
Ilias Giamalakis
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Glenn Rossi
Glenn Rossi Month ago
Derek and his Veritasium team make science so interesting, indeed! I really enjoy every episode published. I majored in Chemistry in college and did do home experiments when I was younger with Sodium (Na), also a light metal and which is just above Potassium (K) on the periodic table. It also explodes in water since it also reacts with water to release hydrogen gas. Interestingly, sodium under a certain diameter (about 0.25 inches) dropped in cold water will only fizz away. Above this diameter, it will fizz a bit then turn into what looks like a fiery ball, and then explode. In warm or hot water, the so-called "critical diameter" where it will explode is reduced! 🙂
Amazing Cato
Amazing Cato Month ago
I've seen these ponds from the air me and knew they were evaporation ponds but didn't know what they were extracting. Nice to know. Another one of life's little mysteries solved.
Northern Scrub
Northern Scrub Month ago
The Davy lamp is actually the second lamp that was designed to be used in areas where firedamp was a concern. The first lamp was created by George Stephenson, up here in the North East of England. In fact, the "Geordie Lamp" was in use for a couple of years before Davy demonstrated his own lamp. The reason the Davy lamp became common was purely down to discrimination - nobody believed that a poor, uneducated enginewright could possibly have created such a device. It wasn't until a committee of enquiry was held that Stephenson was exonerated, but by then the damage was done. Interestingly enough, the Geordie lamp was actually superior - with a high enough concentration of firedamp, the Geordie lamp would self-extinguish. This was in contrast to the Davy lamp, which would simply increase in temperature until it became unbearable to hold, and the lamp failed and the firedamp exploded anyway.
Ishan Aditya
Ishan Aditya Month ago
@Northern Scrub Oh wow is that still alive and healthy? About time they got their Independence... Leave and join the EU!!
carpballet Month ago
@Ishan Aditya “…came to India.” Like all conquerors. For the life of me I don’t understand what you don’t get about conquerors.
carpballet Month ago
@Ian MacLean I know, right? Always portrayed as the victims. Honestly though, after BLM idiots splashed all over the news for a couple of years it’s no wonder. Lol.
Northern Scrub
Northern Scrub Month ago
@Ishan Aditya You're... not wrong. The North East knows the discrimination of the ruling class only too well. There's a growing independence movement to regain an independent Northumbria, would you believe.
Ishan Aditya
Ishan Aditya Month ago
Ahh right, the British, in their hubris they'll find a way to discriminate against the smartest minds to satisfy their need to feel superior. I mean these are the same people came to India and discovered better metallurgy, medicine, math, astronomy, literally everything... and just a 100 years later, didn't think twice before proclaiming that Indians were no better than dogs. It's a society with a huge superiority complex that simply can't learn from its mistake. The elitism and discrimination exists even today - the only difference being that the same corrupt ideas that were used against the colonies have now turned inwards and are hurting their own society. And why wouldn't it - even today English schools speak of the 'glorious' days, instead of warning students against the hubris that led to the eventual collapse.
falsfire1976 Month ago
Two things: One, a great novel I read once, I think it was called Destiny's Road? Was about a human colony on an alien world, that had been there so long the colonists forgot they were colonists. The downside, there was no natural potassium on this planet. The pseudo-government were the only entity that knew how to grow potassium-rich plants in the alien soil, guarded very heavily. The plants were harvested and 'speckles' were sold in shakers, like salt and pepper, that people would buy from traveling merchants to put on their food. There was even a saying, "speckle-shy", as people who couldn't afford enough speckles would often end up with developmental disabilities... Also, we learned from Borat that Kazahkstan is the world's number one exporter of potassium, right?" :P
Marshall Jung
Marshall Jung Year ago
Thanks RU-vid! I used to be the plant engineer at this potash plant from 2004-2007. It's still owned by Intrepid Potash Inc. out of Denver. Pretty accurate in all accounts technically. The solution mining method was at first just flooding the original room and pillar underground mine. In 2005 they drilled a set of interconnected horizontal boreholes through the potash bearing strata using the same tech used for horizontal oil and gas drilling. A small point of clarification, but the majority of the evap ponds are actually sodium chloride and the KCL is separated in the plant a few miles east via an amine bubbling process. The remaining sodium saturated water is actually recycled back down the pump shafts. KCL is preferentially soluble in water and this keeps the sodium byproduct from building up. All the feed lines are kept as saturated as possible to minimize corrosion, which as you might imagine can be a big problem.
dukeofthedance Month ago
@Vigilant Cosmic Penguin It's not so big a thing or deal. It's just where you lived or worked. It's kind of weird but not really if you think about it. I see Subtropolis on these shows all the time. I worked there for years, could even be working there right now at this moment if I wanted for extremely good pay but the hazards of breathing in (no matter what kind of mask you buy) the horrible blue-grey dust, more than 8hrs a day didn't seem very wise for long term health so started own biz and am much happier now. It was fun working there though in a lot of ways. Creepy place to be. Very creepy. I also used to live within an hr of Stul Kansas and spent a lot of time in that cemetery goofing off with friends in Jr and High School. A lot of time. Even as adults too. As to whether there's a portal to Hell there or not, I won't comment on that part here. But don't read Fellowship of the Rings chapter "Mines of Moria" if you ever get a chance to go in Subtropolis and I'm not talking about the movies, forget those (no offense) but I really mean the books. That chapter is terrifying if you've ever worked or visited mysterious caves or mines before. Like at bottom of ocean, you never know what new thing you might find. What if they've found tons of treasure, they wouldn't even have to report it. It'd just go out in the trucks like anything else.
Christopher Perry
yeah well...i can burn an ant with a magnifying glass. In a lot of ways, I think were a little bit alike.
Ricky Lovenuts
Wow dude! RU-vid is really connecting people!
Marshall Jung
Marshall Jung Year ago
@ganashal - They don't separate it from the KCl specifically but it's not preferentially pulled up in the amine process so largely it's recycled. It's pretty trace quantity overall though.
Marshall Jung
Marshall Jung Year ago
@lovehusky02 - Only hydrated copper sulfate is blue. As it dries out it's more white. Also iron oxide and dust color the ponds yellowish and brown. A.k.a see surrounding rocks!
Captain Scarlet
Captain Scarlet 22 days ago
Some years ago I was exploring on Google Earth in Street View and going through the Valley of the Gods, East of Cedar Mesa and North of Mexican Hat and all of this not too far from Monument Valley. I followed the road for a long time and came across these pools and was amazed to the colors. Yeah, I was right next to the fences you see in this video with the ponds in the background. And of course there no signs saying what this was and now I know! Thank you so much for what you do and for this solved mystery that I had.
Reed Schrichte
Reed Schrichte Month ago
Great video, thank you! I've seen these ponds since 1978 and never inquired into their purpose, lazy me! That area was also part of a uranium mining boom in the 1950's. When I first visited Canyonlands Natl. Park, it was the 2nd least visited park in the entire system. Moab was "discovered' by the fat tire bikes in 1985-6, and it's been transformed since then. Such a fabulous part of the world!
Ben Darius
Ben Darius Month ago
Amazing video! The quality is way up. The shots, the interviews and on-screen guests, the script that builds tension and invites other voices… well done sir.
Alex Decker
Alex Decker 10 days ago
I literally saw these ponds a week ago while I was flying over Utah and wondered what they were. I figured they were salt flats, and I wasn't far off. Great video, thanks for sharing.
Stefan D.
Stefan D. Year ago
This looks like a show that would run on the Discovery channel back in the day when it was actually good. Wow, Derek this is a new level of quality!
I Am an idiot but
I agree, smb
204bookish 22 days ago
That's so interesting! Do you burn any wood and get potassium or does it have to be certain species? Why are there potassium in the rock in the first place and do they just occur anywhere?
Rain Pebble
Rain Pebble Month ago
Those pot ash ponds look amazing from Anticline overlook. Which is about a 45 minute drive from where I live but until now I never knew how the mine worked or operated. Very interesting and educational. Thank you for the video.
I first saw those ponds about 25 years ago from a mountain biking trail called Amasa Back outside of Moab, Utah. The trail takes you up a butte that overlooks the ponds. I later figured out what they were because the road out to the plant is called Potash Road. BTW, if you're ever mountain biking in Moab, Amasa Back trail is a must-do.
Piotr Strzelecki
I love the way you connect somewhat weird esoteric things like potash to Potassium to real historical facts and everyday usage. This synthesis is what makes for great content in the hurricane of crap and sensationalist baloney I must sift through online. Great job and thank you for doing it righ!
chatzida Year ago
The amount of work put in this video is blowing my mind!!
Erik Karlsson
Erik Karlsson 11 months ago
Then check out Fall of Civilization podcast's videos, they're truly well made.
Tim 11 months ago
Don't let RU-vid videos deceive you. I counted 50+ person working on this video in the end credit. RU-vid is currently at the same state as a television channel. Some television crew are smaller than that. Some European feature films don't even have that many person working on a film sometimes.
Problem Solving
I saw it more number of time
Problem Solving
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@MortZon Not so free. Its a RU-vid original. Means its funded by Google (read big budget). The content itself is a marketing for RU-vid subscription for RU-vid originals.
Fred Pilcher
Fred Pilcher Month ago
They're amazing to see. I was told what they were, but this is fascinating detail.
Danielle Reid
Danielle Reid 20 days ago
That’s interesting. I actually didn’t realize the origin of potash was so deep. I love these videos. Keep on posting
Derek: Incredible video! Totally curious: How long does a video like this take to make? Writing/story boarding, filming/editing? How many people worked on it? And where do you get the ideas?
Leonard Michel
Leonard Michel Month ago
You can get some good ideas from random articles on Wikipedia.
Tech Tourist
Tech Tourist Month ago
This is the kind of stuff I want to study in school, only if they present it like Veritasium it would appeal to many students, this guy makes learning a fun process!
Uncle Phil Composer
I am a 64 yr. man from Rochester, NY and I want to thank you for all that you have taught me. You're never to old to learn new things. I have spent my life composing music and I really think watching your show has made me better at it. I am happy to support your show. Your energy really drives the show. See ya!
Uncle Phil Composer
@Fish ops Gaming I'm not really sure what your talking about. If I offended you in some way, I do apologze.
Fish ops Gaming
@Uncle Phil Composer why did you get mad at that?
MindGames Year ago
how would that help?
Jerry Chiang
Jerry Chiang Year ago
@CheesecakeLasagna It's never too late. I'm taking advantage of time at home during the pandemic to teach my 70 year-old father how to play piano for the first time and he is loving it. He said he never had the right teacher or time to do it before, but it's never too late...
Matilda Marmaduke
I'm from Rochester NY also family left in 79 raised a family of my own I miss home I'm getting old how's the weather there
Chris Maher
Chris Maher Month ago
Wow, I just flew over these today and didn’t know what they were! So glad you made this!
Really Happened
Really Happened Month ago
What an awesome video which brings back fun and exciting memories of our science teacher performing that potassium in water experiment. I am now living in Morocco, in Safi and Morocco is the biggest producer of Phosphates and we have large factories in Safi. Phosphurus is very important for the production of fertilizer too. The colours of those pools are just so pretty and it also reminds me of my visit to the Dead sea in Palestine.
Paul Sparkone
Paul Sparkone Month ago
I am so glad that you exist, and do what you do. Thank you! I love your content (although sometimes rather longwinded).
Postntalk Info
Postntalk Info Month ago
In the middle of the Utah desert, there are electric blue ponds that are a sight to behold. These ponds are a beautiful natural phenomenon that you won't want to miss. I think we all visit this place. What does viewers think?
Yaya DIY Creations
I am so happy I found this channel. I love it. Thank you for your hard work. ✨
Zes Year ago
Srinivas Rk
Srinivas Rk Year ago
Chutiya if any Indians here plz reply me😂
Eustace Bagge
Eustace Bagge Month ago
4:30 I really appreciate you're experiments. Weighing the potassium down was ingenious. When the explosion occured, all the water in the bucket was forced upward. However, instead of leaving the bucket or destroying it, the water took the bucket with it.
carabela125 28 days ago
@Eustace Bagge haha, yes ! that might break the bucket !
Eustace Bagge
Eustace Bagge 28 days ago
@carabela125 experiment must now be tried on the ground.
carabela125 28 days ago
The steel table bent downwards at first and then it rebounded sharply. I think that is what launched the bucket.
lpaduacr 29 days ago
These videos rock, you rock Derek. Can’t wait till my sons are old enough to spark their minds into the interest of the scientific world
Clifton Sargent
Clifton Sargent Month ago
These little models are incredible! I want one in my house for some reason
Marika Aspland
Marika Aspland Month ago
this is so inspiring !! I will be using this for SO MANY lessons from Science - history - economics. Thank you.
Paul Palmer
Paul Palmer Year ago
Thank you Derek. As a chemist, I sort of knew about these things theoretically but you made it so real. That potassium explosion was wild. I've seen sodium hit water before but nothing like that. I once had to solve a mystery when sticks of white phosphorus (stored under water) were confused with sticks of sodium (stored under oil) and there were sudden delayed explosions as water penetrated under the oil. I heard that the DuPont Chemical company got its start during the Revolutionary war by skimming potash off of crystals from drying urine soaked soil to make gunpowder. I thought you were going there with your patent. And KCl as a fertilizer will carry along the chlorine which is a no-no on fields so how is it modified before application? Copper mines in Arizona also have beautiful blue pools of copper sulfate. Thanks for explaining the confusion in terminology between different meanings of potash. How about soda ash? I thought it's always sodium carbonate. Wonderful video!
Antonín Lejsek
Antonín Lejsek 4 months ago
I wonder how they get the copper sulfate out of it once they add it in. Copper does kill algae, in fact it kills everything alive and never decompose (copper would be copper forever), so it is not something you want to spread into the environment if not necessary.
Ian Allen
Ian Allen 5 months ago
Standard industrial process is to react KCl with NaNO3 for KNO3 and NaCl. Sodium nitrate is also mineable (chilean potash) as a naturally occurring mineral. There are some other modern routes, but this was before the Haber-Bosch process so it precludes readily available ammonia.
Bryden Mcginn
Bryden Mcginn Month ago
I loved this so much. The amount of information in that short doc and so digestible❤️ 10 out of 10
American Patriot
American Patriot 27 days ago
I have a brand new and deep respect for Potash now!!!! I had no idea of it's importance. Looking forward to other videos from you. Thank you!!
Damien Robertson
Damien Robertson 26 days ago
Been watching you for years! Thanks for the education and entertainment. This is my favorite video btw!
Rebecca Wood
Rebecca Wood Month ago
In regenerative agriculture you don’t need to add any fertilizers. Doing so can make the plant dependent on external inputs and not not build up the necessary relations with the soil microbiology to be resilient over time. I wonder how many trees were cut down to make the gunpowder to then take more lives?
My second cousin is a farmer, I’m a suburbanite, I hear him talk about spreading pot ash on fields over the years but I just assumed it was wood ash with other stuff mixed in, one day I looked it up and found it was a mineral and not ash. I came to this video after watching the video on Himalayan salt, great video, very informative.
@Simon Phoenix no, you spread it on the soil and work it in. It’s nutrients for the plant once in the soil.
Simon Phoenix
Simon Phoenix Year ago
so you can spread potassium chloride on plants? I always thought that would be poisonous to plants because of the chlorine in it.
ian poultry
ian poultry Year ago
i was into railroads in the 1970s and sent away to the Santa Fe for any materials they could send me. The brochure i got had a whole writeup on potash which was a very significant part of their traffix mix (like grain,lumber,coal,etc). Never did know what it was until this vid.
Michael Bell
Michael Bell 2 days ago
We did literally scramble about the shores for food at one time! Then The Middle East taught us agriculture & a better numerical system & more. Thank you Davy for Potash. Very interesting video indeed!
tuurma Month ago
In the past I used to rely on TV for informative content just like this one. But nowaday programmes like this one are so rare I decided not to own a TV. Thank you for this marvellous piece. I hope I manage to make an English lesson based on this very material. I hope my students are going to love it as much as I did.
Antoine Month ago
Thank you Derek for all your informational videos, I love them. Just to be exact, I am not so sure that you can call yourself a scientist. I understand that you like the truth, so I would love for you to explain in which ways you are a scientist. Science vulgarization is slightly different from science. For instance, I have an engineering degree and have published a couple of papers in engineering and actuary science, and contributed briefly to some medical research. But that does not make me a scientist, even if I can interpret a scientific publication. My job is planning, designing, and constructing environmental or industrial facilities, making me an engineer.. Again, I am not trying to discredit you, just asking you to be factual.
Gag Month ago
It's RU-vid, more than likely he stated he was a scientist for the sake of making the intro roll off the tongue better. Just saying he's a science communicator and film maker wouldn't be as punchy, I guess. He received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics at Queen's University before doing his Ph. D. in Physics Education Research at University of Sydney in Australia. He actually has specifically made a video titled "Why I'm Not a Scientist" that talks about this a bit. All that said, I feel obligated to state that this is an oddly nitpicky comment to make on a youtube video. It is not my intention to be abrasive, I just find it really strange that one would feel the need to ask that a science communicator clarify that they are not specifically a *scientist* in this context.
Randy Riley
Randy Riley Month ago
What a great resource for scientifically minded individuals. I love science that has a story. It relieves one of the task of memorization. The story is so fascinating, that the facts remain in the mind. Thank you for a well done resource. I am truly engrossed by your presentations.
eudofia Month ago
My science teacher in high school once dropped a piece of potassium in a glass container of water, and caused the same explosion seen in this video. He had dropped a piece way bigger than intended. I still remember the terror we felt till this day, 40 years later.
D CW Month ago
@eudofia and checks
D CW Month ago
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ButWhyTho? Month ago
@LynxrBeam right? Same here smh
ButWhyTho? Month ago
Oh god. Imagining this has got me laughing til my sides hurt 🤣🤣🤣 ty for this
eudofia Month ago
@Lamster 66 Awesome stuff. Glad to know everyone was ok.
The Murphy Show
The Murphy Show Month ago
You're like the Bill Nye science Guy for the next generation. Love your content!
nicksshitbro Month ago
I've been wondering wtf these were! I've seen them on Google earth for years and never had a clue. Thanks for sharing, bossman!
Sharez Month ago
I really loved how you went into details and history
Anne Loving
Anne Loving 29 days ago
I'm impressed how that container flew up in the air and landed upright again and only lost a few drops ...
David Leeth
David Leeth Year ago
Finding this channel was one of the best things I've done for myself in a while. Thanks for all of the informative content.
A K Month ago
Really interesting and entertaining at the same time 👍 Well done
Calen Kennett
Calen Kennett Month ago
Love this channel! The average workday of a pre-agricultural hunter gather was 3 hours, by the way.
Priceless Fishing
I did some work at the Potash Mine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Pretty neat to know a little history behind it.
Avery the Cuban-American
This was really good, and I learned a lot in a very fun way. However, you repeat a common myth about earlier cultures we call "hunter gatherers," saying that they spent every waking hour seeking food and therefore were not free like us to do things like art. On the contrary, they actually had more free time than the modern man does, believe it or not!
Kieran Black
Kieran Black 13 days ago
@ex0duzz it was extremely hard to live past 35 in pre-agricultural societies as your ability to procure resources started to diminish
ex0duzz Month ago
@Ivan of course infant mortality lowered life expectancy, but so did everything else I mentioned. Modern science and modern medicine and modern diets etc raised life expectancy by leaps and bounds. Infant mortality would fall under modern science and modern medicine, and also modern diets, since those 3 things would basically ensure infants live and also the mother lives during childbirth. Back then they would all be lucky to live to like 50. Thats probably the equivalent of like 100-120 for us now. Most probably died 30s or 40s during hunter gatherer days..
Ivan Month ago
@ex0duzz No? Life expectancy was low because high infant mortality lowered the average age of death.
ex0duzz Month ago
They also died from old age when they were like 20. Or still born, or from disease, or from animals, or from
S. S.
S. S. Month ago
Marshall Sahlins called them “the original affluent society” because of how leisurely & abundant their lives were/ are.
John T.
John T. Year ago
"Potassium, along with nitrogen and phosphorus, help crops grow far larger, and makes them drought resistant." Wait, so electrolytes really are what plants crave?
wawawuu 9 months ago
@david padilla Well, that certainly was entertaining to read.
Paulski Ye
Paulski Ye Year ago
@Carter Matthew Davidson 2
David Wührer
David Wührer Year ago
@Hi person reading this _> china is working on genetically engineered super soldiers_ China has made genetic engineering of human DNA illegal two years ago.
Carter Matthew Davidson
If you have one bucket that contains 2 gallons and another bucket that contains 7 gallons, how many buckets do you have?
Miloh S
Miloh S Year ago
The david padilla guy is fake. He says cyborgs, zombies, and dinosaurs will appear in the end times. That is false. He is a fake.
Cindy Barton
Cindy Barton Month ago
I live near those ponds and we've driven by them several times. They're beautiful when you see them in the red rock desert and from neighboring Dead Horse Point state park.
Monsanto Fungaro
I learned more in the first 4 minutes of this video than I ever did in Mr Hermann's science class.
Jaguarxk8t Month ago
I work at a potash plant in northern Utah. We also use evaporation ponds that are located on the east side of the Great Salt Lake.
Ra Osiris
Ra Osiris Month ago
Amazing. Wonderful production as always. You're fantastic.
Gregory Ballmaier
Wow, I remember as a kid in science class dropping a piece in water. It bounced and Blurbaled? Around the surface and then ignited. So cool I never forgot that.
Sunset Paradise
Wow. This is just so fascinating. Why didn't we learn this in school? This is why I love learning.
Suri G
Suri G Month ago
Great docu! I cannot wait to see the next in this series.
Sameer Safaya
Sameer Safaya Month ago
I literally do the same thing (like many other curious earth observers) and get lost in google earth and try to uncover the mysteries! Please take me on one of your adventures =)
Burnett Hopkins
Burnett Hopkins Month ago
Excellent presentation of the information. Thanks so much!
FowaDeLuz Month ago
These videos are amazing! You have become a true master of engaging and entertaining education. Thank you for making these! Oh, also, what is that song at the beginning of "Safer Ways to Mine"?? I love it!
Paul Willner
Paul Willner Month ago
That was soo knowledge bearing and interesting, thank you Mr Muller and Veratasium.
Stephen Froom
Stephen Froom Month ago
When are the rest of the Pindrop episodes going to be aired?! The production value of this was quite high, and I look forward to the rest of the episodes teased in the credits!
P3 Year ago
So, I think this is due to the RU-vid originals, but the editing and pacing of this one are in contrast with the cozy and polite Veritasium-style. I can feel a "The History Channel" vibe here, it's just odd.
Jacek Zasada
Jacek Zasada 4 months ago
@Lorenzo Heald nie ma
Jacek Zasada
Jacek Zasada 4 months ago
@mark leggett nie
Jacek Zasada
Jacek Zasada 4 months ago
@mark leggett nie ma to jak
Jacek Zasada
Jacek Zasada 4 months ago
@mark leggett nie
Lou Skunt
Lou Skunt 4 months ago
bsrodeo7s Month ago
Best information I’ve heard about potassium and pot ash. Thank you.
wainox Katz
wainox Katz Month ago
I´d really be very interested how much time and money this video approximately costed. :) Great effort. Good work.
Marc Thibodeau
Marc Thibodeau 24 days ago
Awesome video! I never would have guessed that those were evaporation pounds for potash. A Billion of dollar industry.
shaun harrelson
shaun harrelson Month ago
I completely loved this video it taught me a lot very inspirational I have now became a subscriber keep up the good work my guy
than217 Month ago
First and only time I ever saw the Potash Ponds near Moab Utah I was driving in the night on winding backroads which were progressively getting worse and worse then I remember peering out and seeing the moonlight reflecting off them. That was such a beautiful sight in the barren desert.
Break, Fix & Drive It L.Y.S.i
Wow sounds so cool adding this to my bucket list thx for sharing
Eric W
Eric W Month ago
Just downstream from the Uranium Mine Tailings
Kirby Joe
Kirby Joe Month ago
@Daphne Wilson Dead Horse at dawn is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in this life.
Daphne Wilson
Daphne Wilson Month ago
Looking down from Dead Horse point, such an anomaly. Didn't guess potash: some kind of settling ponds. Glad to know.
hansa Month ago
The process begs the question, what happens when all that material is dissolved and removed from deep underground and now there are huge voids? How is this resolved is it not possible for a type of sink hole to be created? I’ve seen this happen before! There was a drilling operation going on above a mine and it happened to be over a lake and within a day or so the lake was gone and the mine was filled! In Florida a man was sleeping in his bed when a sink hole opened up under his bedroom and swallowed him and just his room and was never seen again, his screams could be heard for about a hour and there was nothing anyone could!
Will Thomson
Will Thomson Month ago
ana unum
ana unum Month ago
amazing how the bucket landed upright with half the water still in it!
Mike Gerrie
Mike Gerrie Month ago
Thanks , great program. Especially poignant now with countries like Srilanka, Canada & the Netherlands cutting back on fertilizers.
Y3 Studio
Y3 Studio Month ago
I hope this kind of video are ones that going so viral. Great work!
internetbadass Month ago
I watched every single minute of this video and that's hard for me to do. Very entertaining!
Hugh Jackson
Hugh Jackson Month ago
Veritasium finally making video titles that get him the attention his videos deserve.
tho mas
tho mas Month ago
Wow, This was extremely interesting. Thanks for doing this.
Michaei Lobley
Michaei Lobley Month ago
We drove right past these a few months ago quite an impressive sight
mr anonymous
mr anonymous Year ago
I love how that bucket jumped all the way out of camera shot and then landed back on the table, that was so cool
Ken Bellchambers
@Norma Ruiz I have nothing against slang Norma. But people are being dumbed down deliberately. I suggest you look up 'dumbing down', 'asymmetrical warfare', 'hybrid warfare'. and 'unconventional warfare'. These tactics are being used on Americans and other Western democracies to an astonishing degree. This particular slang word is the tip of the 'dumbing down' iceberg as I have stated repeatedly. The trouble is when you are addicted to 'catch all' words, you gradually lose language and conversational skills. 'Cool' is the most deceptive of words as it is currently used. When I hear people use it four times in one paragraph, I find it alarming. I knew fully well that I wouldn't be liked much for pointing this out, but I feel that there needed to be some thought on the matter. Language is like music, too much of the same note soon gets hard to listen to. The same thing is happening with invasive procedures for fashion. It is obvious to me that the tattoos, and especially studs and piercings are being pushed very hard by the authoritarian fascist state which is emerging. Very soon they will be demanding that all of us are implanted with an RFID chip to govern every aspect of life. It is much easy to inject a microchip into someone if they are used to having holes punched through their bodies for entertainment. I feel strongly that we need to beware of fashion, it is another form of dumbing down. I could go on for pages about the ways that I can see our beloved democratic countries being subverted by corruption, and run by foreign enemies using media and 'popular trends' which are obviously deadly when you understand their true purpose.
Norma Ruiz
Norma Ruiz Month ago
@Ken Bellchambers its more than the explosion though, they are referring to the way the bucket bounced and landed back on the table.. i actually think that was pretty cool. Cool literally means not warm as you mentioned, but in slang terminology it can mean so many other things.
Ken Bellchambers
@Norma Ruiz The English language is very rich in descriptive words. There are dozens of words more accurate than 'cool'. This is a media generated word and using it for every description results in the atrophy of other, more appropriate words. "Spectacular', 'amazing', 'powerful', or your choice of many more terms are much more accurate. It is not unusual to hear people speaking these days, that say 'cool' three or four times in one paragraph. This is, in my opinion, deliberate dumbing down of the population, as language is the most vital tool available to the human race. 'Cool' means not warm, and not cold, something in between, and an explosion is anything but 'cool'.
Norma Ruiz
Norma Ruiz Month ago
@Ken Bellchambers what word do you think would have been better suited? I’m curious to know.
Patrick Day
Patrick Day Month ago
@SpunkyJerky The Spaz my thoughts exactly I was thinking bucket shrapnel
Simon Williams
Simon Williams Month ago
If taking out Potash from underground, what stops it from hollowing/caving in?
Anu Month ago
This man quenches my thirst for science keep it up buddy
Godchi1d Von Steuben
1) I can see you've never worked with straight potassium before, because I could've told you, from the gate, that was too much potassium for that particular demonstration! 2) I can't believe that tub landed upright!!
habibbi alikafe
habibbi alikafe 21 day ago
so professionally done. better than documentaries from netflix, major cable stations, etc. that overdramatize and try to convince the viewer of a certain POV on the topic. You just provide information and history in a fascinating way
vlogbrothers Year ago
Fascinating video. Potash is also mined at the Bonneville Salt Flats outside of Wendover, Utah, which is like this place one of the stranger landscapes you'll ever see on Earth. Looking forward to more! -John
noob2243 Year ago
But... the Wendover, Utah lake was mentioned in the video though? It even flashed on the screen for a moment, a snapshot from areal view. I get the urge to comment something on a video of one of your RU-vid peers, but come on.
Amartyaa Sengupta
@Yummy Chips lmao
Bob dog
Bob dog Year ago
@Alexander Orange wrong answer! Both. Separated only by the state line two towns and over Utah went over Nevada the drinking is done in Nevada the sleeping down on the Utah side actually the air Force Base I believe is on the Utah side is where they sequestered the bomb crew for the enola gay until the Bomb was ready to drop upon Japan that's how they kept the population that was cast with responsibility of dropping this weapon on Japan from interacting with the rest of society here in America so the word didn't get out it's such a huge endeavor that that many people are involved now go imagine telling people that oh yeah the moon landing that was a Hollywood fake some secrets are harder than others to keep. really
William Stamper
The mining of pot ash at Bonneville salt flats is leading to its entire destruction. The racing community were some of the first to recognize this issue with concern and have even formed a lobby group to "save the salt".
d ott
d ott Year ago
-Matter didn’t create anti matter -Anti matter didn’t create matter (Both of them were present at the time of big bang) -Both of them didn’t create themselves. -Both of them came from an unimaginable source, that unimaginable source created matter and antimatter (everything) thats why it is known as “the creator” of everything. -- - that unimaginable source/creator has created sin and virtue which are opposite to each other, - logic says every action has its own reaction, so the reaction of sin must be different than the reaction of virtue, - the creator has created prophets to let us know about each and every detail of sin and virtue, also about their reactions, Thank u :)
mnmmomma2 Month ago
I have a deep appreciation for the discovery of Potassium Chloride, due to being hypokalemic, which essentially means that I have low blood potassium levels. My doctors have yet to discover the underlying cause, but it began about 15 years ago. I have to take liquid Potassium Chloride twice per day in order to keep it regulated, or else I will die. With that said, I have never really thought about where my medication came from, how or when it was discovered, etc. This was quite informative, thank you!
Gary Stevens
Gary Stevens Month ago
Wow!!!! That was quite informative, and now to think my son when he was in his freshman year of high school out a piece of coal in a vice and was using an oxyacetylene torch in his welding class trying to make it a diamond🤦🤣.... Now in his 2nd year at M.I.T. WONDER HOW FEELS ABOUT THAT INCIDENT NOW?? LMAO.
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