April 11, 2017 | Amy, Exhibition Developer, Science Museum

I love hearing about the ingenious ways scientists solve problems when working in extreme environments.

One group are going to study how the Khumbu Glacier in the Himalayas is affected by climate change - by drilling into it. But equipment that can bore through metres of ice is hard to come by. The solution? A hot water jet from a car wash. The adapted equipment creates a jet of water at high enough pressure to cut through tarmac.

I wonder what the researchers will find out with their clever engineering fix?


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Scientists will measure the glacier's temperature and flow, and how water drains through it.


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