JAN 07, 2016 8:17 AM PST

The Science Behind a 100 Ton Explosion

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


In this video, showcasing a 100-ton explosion in Iraq, you see a huge blast, a shockwave, and then hear the noise from the explosion. It may look like any ordinary explosion, but for scientific experts, there is a lot of excitement in the physics and chemistry of this reaction.

For one, it's interesting to see the distinct difference between the speed of light and the speed of sound - you can clearly see the explosion very rapidly, but you don't hear the explosion until the shockwave actually makes it to the camera.

You also see a gas expansion ring, which occurs as gasses expand due to the high pressures of the explosion. The expansion occurs when there is a difference in pressure between the surrounding air and the expanding air.

See? There are more to explosions than kabooms!

About the Author
Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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