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  • 10 ON 10 - Travel & Entertainment
    10 ON 10 - Travel & Entertainment Tahun Yang lalu +12991

    These are the videos I pay my internet bills for, very informative and entertaining, also value the hardwork put in...

    • 4ster P
      4ster P 20 hari yang lalu

      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 25 hari yang lalu

      why is your checkmark squished

  • Jeswin Joseph
    Jeswin Joseph 26 hari yang lalu +36

    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.

    • MJ Kaye
      MJ Kaye 6 hari yang lalu

      i'll second that! I would definitely watch.

    • Matt C
      Matt C 11 hari yang lalu

      The channel Periodic Videos has an old series like this, check it out!

  • Jinesh Prajapati
    Jinesh Prajapati Bulan Yang lalu +220

    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
      insperatus 18 hari yang lalu

      Absolutely, but what's with the weird caricature of Humphry Davy, you'd think he'd deserve some respect.

    • Super
      Super 25 hari yang lalu +1

      @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 29 hari yang lalu +1

      The difference between this video and most other Veritasium videos is ART DEPARTMENT! Models are always dope.

    • Teach Liberty
      Teach Liberty Bulan Yang lalu +5

      To compare this to Discovery channel and BBC today is an insult to this video.

    • JvstSmvg
      JvstSmvg Bulan Yang lalu +2


  • Hussein Moghnieh
    Hussein Moghnieh Bulan Yang lalu +52

    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 Bulan Yang lalu +34

    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!

  • Ajay Singh Rana
    Ajay Singh Rana 10 bulan yang lalu +2020

    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
      riverstun Bulan Yang lalu

      Before him, there was Carl Sagan.

    • James Rindley
      James Rindley Bulan Yang lalu +1

      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 Bulan Yang lalu

      But they weren't miners anymore after they grew up. 😅

    • ClaimClam
      ClaimClam Bulan Yang lalu

      LOL this is passive entertainment nothing like solving difficult maths

    • mf2yu
      mf2yu Bulan Yang lalu +1

      nah. Some kids would still hate learning science even if Veritasium teaches them. Otherwise Veritasium's videos would get bigger views than MrBeast's

  • Markus Andrew
    Markus Andrew Bulan Yang lalu +17

    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 Bulan Yang lalu +13

    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
    REME Bulan Yang lalu +9

    Outstanding video, Derek, as always. Fun to learn, interesting topic, and expertly narrated. Well done.

  • scmike1229
    scmike1229 Bulan Yang lalu +10

    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!

  • tercelfish00
    tercelfish00 Tahun Yang lalu +3065

    This is like 90's Discovery Channel, before it all went to reality show crap.

    • Lane
      Lane 27 hari yang lalu

      @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

    • From The Backseat
      From The Backseat Bulan Yang lalu

      @A R so did the Soviet Union. They also had cutting edge technology and made their own films, music, and art. They had televisions.

  • Rapture Bound
    Rapture Bound Bulan Yang lalu +13

    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 ✅

  • Danielle Reid
    Danielle Reid 24 hari yang lalu +2

    That’s interesting. I actually didn’t realize the origin of potash was so deep. I love these videos. Keep on posting

  • Northern Scrub
    Northern Scrub Bulan Yang lalu +47

    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.

    • carpballet
      carpballet Bulan Yang lalu

      @Ishan Aditya “…came to India.” Like all conquerors. For the life of me I don’t understand what you don’t get about conquerors.

    • Northern Scrub
      Northern Scrub Bulan Yang lalu +1

      @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 Bulan Yang lalu +1

      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.

  • @all
    @all Bulan Yang lalu +18

    Hey Derek, still planning on doing more in this series? The first one was awesome!

  • Bangs Cutter
    Bangs Cutter Tahun Yang lalu +3087

    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 Bulan Yang lalu


    • ZTK RC
      ZTK RC Bulan Yang lalu

      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?

    • Tyra Faith
      Tyra Faith Bulan Yang lalu

      We actually study that in inorganic pharmaceutical chemistry.😊😊😊

  • Barak Aviv
    Barak Aviv 22 hari yang lalu

    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?

  • Glenn Rossi
    Glenn Rossi Bulan Yang lalu +8

    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! 🙂

  • Alex Decker
    Alex Decker 14 hari yang lalu

    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.

  • 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!!!

  • Marshall Jung
    Marshall Jung Tahun Yang lalu +369

    Thanks IDclips! 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
      dukeofthedance Bulan Yang lalu

      @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
      Christopher Perry Bulan Yang lalu

      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
      Ricky Lovenuts Tahun Yang lalu +4

      Wow dude! IDclips is really connecting people!

    • Marshall Jung
      Marshall Jung Tahun Yang lalu +7

      @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 Tahun Yang lalu +8

      @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!

  • Gladys Alicea
    Gladys Alicea Bulan Yang lalu +16

    I just loved this! Then again, I'm also a huge fun of rock formations and geology. Sadly, it was against my better judgement that I ignored my geology college professor, who encouraged me (but not enough) to major in this fascinating area, which I now, at 68, find to be even that much more fascinating. With any luck, I'll be headed to see those rocks in person next year.

  • Amazing Cato
    Amazing Cato Bulan Yang lalu +1

    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.

  • rbx
    rbx 2 hari yang lalu

    nicely explained. the illustration @14:20 and analogizing water molecules to miners is brilliant

  • Eustace Bagge
    Eustace Bagge Bulan Yang lalu +9

    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
      carabela125 Bulan Yang lalu +1

      @Eustace Bagge haha, yes ! that might break the bucket !

    • carabela125
      carabela125 Bulan Yang lalu +1

      The steel table bent downwards at first and then it rebounded sharply. I think that is what launched the bucket.

  • Stefan D.
    Stefan D. Tahun Yang lalu +524

    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!

  • Ben Darius
    Ben Darius Bulan Yang lalu +1

    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.

  • falsfire1976
    falsfire1976 Bulan Yang lalu +5

    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

  • Captain Scarlet
    Captain Scarlet 26 hari yang lalu

    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 Bulan Yang lalu +1

    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!

  • chatzida
    chatzida Tahun Yang lalu +2458

    The amount of work put in this video is blowing my mind!!

    • Erik Karlsson
      Erik Karlsson 11 bulan yang lalu

      Then check out Fall of Civilization podcast's videos, they're truly well made.

    • Tim
      Tim 11 bulan yang lalu +1

      Don't let IDclips videos deceive you. I counted 50+ person working on this video in the end credit. IDclips 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
      Problem Solving Tahun Yang lalu

      I saw it more number of time

    • Problem Solving
      Problem Solving Tahun Yang lalu


  • Piotr Strzelecki
    Piotr Strzelecki Bulan Yang lalu +1

    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!

  • habibbi alikafe
    habibbi alikafe 26 hari yang lalu

    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

  • Rain Pebble
    Rain Pebble Bulan Yang lalu

    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.

  • Paul McDermott
    Paul McDermott Bulan Yang lalu +4

    I like the mine fire model/demonstration. It was a great demonstration how the fire travels to other levels.

  • mr anonymous
    mr anonymous Tahun Yang lalu +1313

    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
      Ken Bellchambers Bulan Yang lalu

      @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 Bulan Yang lalu

      @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
      Ken Bellchambers Bulan Yang lalu +1

      @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 Bulan Yang lalu

      @Ken Bellchambers what word do you think would have been better suited? I’m curious to know.

    • Patrick Day
      Patrick Day 2 bulan yang lalu

      @SpunkyJerky The Spaz my thoughts exactly I was thinking bucket shrapnel

  • Avery the Cuban-American
    Avery the Cuban-American Bulan Yang lalu +21

    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 17 hari yang lalu

      @ex0duzz it was extremely hard to live past 35 in pre-agricultural societies as your ability to procure resources started to diminish

    • ex0duzz
      ex0duzz Bulan Yang lalu +3

      @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
      Ivan Bulan Yang lalu

      @ex0duzz No? Life expectancy was low because high infant mortality lowered the average age of death.

    • ex0duzz
      ex0duzz Bulan Yang lalu +2

      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. Bulan Yang lalu +1

      Marshall Sahlins called them “the original affluent society” because of how leisurely & abundant their lives were/ are.

  • Paul Sparkone
    Paul Sparkone Bulan Yang lalu

    I am so glad that you exist, and do what you do. Thank you!
    I love your content (although sometimes rather longwinded).

  • 204bookish
    204bookish 27 hari yang lalu +1

    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?

  • Monsanto Fungaro
    Monsanto Fungaro Bulan Yang lalu +1

    I learned more in the first 4 minutes of this video than I ever did in Mr Hermann's science class.

  • Paul Palmer
    Paul Palmer Tahun Yang lalu +257

    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 bulan yang lalu +4

      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 bulan yang lalu +9

      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.

  • Postntalk Info
    Postntalk Info Bulan Yang lalu +1

    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?

  • infinitytoinfinitysquaredbitch
    infinitytoinfinitysquaredbitch Bulan Yang lalu +4

    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.

  • Bryden Mcginn
    Bryden Mcginn Bulan Yang lalu +1

    I loved this so much. The amount of information in that short doc and so digestible❤️ 10 out of 10

  • Tech Tourist
    Tech Tourist Bulan Yang lalu +1

    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!

  • P3
    P3 Tahun Yang lalu +2325

    So, I think this is due to the IDclips 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.

  • Fred Pilcher
    Fred Pilcher Bulan Yang lalu +1

    They're amazing to see. I was told what they were, but this is fascinating detail.

  • Michael Bell
    Michael Bell 7 hari yang lalu

    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!

  • Really Happened
    Really Happened Bulan Yang lalu

    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.

  • Chris Maher
    Chris Maher Bulan Yang lalu +1

    Wow, I just flew over these today and didn’t know what they were! So glad you made this!

  • Thanh Phuong Nguyễn
    Thanh Phuong Nguyễn Tahun Yang lalu +1087

    This isn't documentary. This is a masterpiece.

    • daveinpublic
      daveinpublic Bulan Yang lalu

      It’s crazy the production quality you get on IDclips these days

    • Hero Cat Mark Purrman
      Hero Cat Mark Purrman Bulan Yang lalu

      It’s more of an unwashed codpiece

    • Govanni Delrio
      Govanni Delrio 5 bulan yang lalu +2

      It's very practical, especially since it affects so much of our lives. Bravo.

    • Dont read my User name
      Dont read my User name 5 bulan yang lalu +6

      @ItsMe pretty sure what he meant was that unlike documentaries which mostly focus on injesting information ,it also entertains in a different manner

    • reptaloid
      reptaloid 5 bulan yang lalu +1

      Kick ass no s***

  • lpaduacr
    lpaduacr Bulan Yang lalu

    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

  • Marika Aspland
    Marika Aspland Bulan Yang lalu +1

    this is so inspiring !! I will be using this for SO MANY lessons from Science - history - economics. Thank you.

  • Clifton Sargent
    Clifton Sargent Bulan Yang lalu

    These little models are incredible! I want one in my house for some reason

  • guitfidle
    guitfidle Bulan Yang lalu +2

    So I actually came across similar pools of multiple colors in Peru, Salinas de Otuma, and wondered what the hell they were for. It's somewhat close to the ocean, so my first thought was sea salt, but that is typically right next to the water. This set is inland a ways.
    Also remember, after you have an explosion like that in a mine, all of the oxygen was used in the explosion, leading to miners suffocating if they weren't killed in the explosion.

  • vlogbrothers
    vlogbrothers Tahun Yang lalu +2088

    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
      noob2243 Tahun Yang lalu +1

      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 IDclips peers, but come on.

    • Amartyaa Sengupta
      Amartyaa Sengupta Tahun Yang lalu

      @Yummy Chips lmao

    • Bob dog
      Bob dog Tahun Yang lalu

      @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
      William Stamper Tahun Yang lalu +1

      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 Tahun Yang lalu

      -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 :)

  • Todd Taylor
    Todd Taylor Bulan Yang lalu +1

    With the mine model surrounded in plexiglass, it looks like the bulging of the plexiglass from the initial explosion allowed the explosion to bypass the paths in the mine, up along the plexiglass, and to spread to those other areas prematurely.

  • tuurma
    tuurma Bulan Yang lalu

    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.

  • American Patriot
    American Patriot Bulan Yang lalu

    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!!

  • Antoine
    Antoine Bulan Yang lalu

    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
      Gag Bulan Yang lalu

      It's IDclips, 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.

  • A K
    A K Bulan Yang lalu +1

    Really interesting and entertaining at the same time 👍
    Well done

  • Rebecca Wood
    Rebecca Wood Bulan Yang lalu +2

    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?

  • Randy Riley
    Randy Riley Bulan Yang lalu

    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.

  • Damien Robertson
    Damien Robertson Bulan Yang lalu

    Been watching you for years! Thanks for the education and entertainment. This is my favorite video btw!

  • Quido
    Quido Tahun Yang lalu +379

    No one talking about how freaking epic was the bucket jump.

    • blargg
      blargg 5 bulan yang lalu

      @A G I wondered too and I think it bounced. The explosion was short and shot gas upward, pushing the bucket into the wooden table. The table has some spring, so after a moment it shot the bucket up. By that time the explosion had subsided so it wasn't shooting out the top as much so didn't counter the spring.

    • jcfrules
      jcfrules Tahun Yang lalu

      @A G the water isn't blowing up. Disassociated hydrogen atoms are combusting when they hit o2 gas on top of the water, but its because they are releasing an electron. Removing the eletron releases energy in every direction (its fairly random and just pushes away from the nucleus in multiple directions)

    • Cindy Register
      Cindy Register Tahun Yang lalu +1

      That was just awesome

    • A G
      A G Tahun Yang lalu

      WHY did it jump tho ?? You would expect that water rapidly blowing up should push bucket down, but instead bucket just flies after water, like rocket flying backwards, weird.

    • MortZon
      MortZon Tahun Yang lalu +1

      You are

  • MadLadsAnonymous
    MadLadsAnonymous Bulan Yang lalu +40

    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 Bulan Yang lalu

      You can get some good ideas from random articles on Wikipedia.

  • Jaguarxk8t
    Jaguarxk8t Bulan Yang lalu

    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.

  • Priceless Fishing
    Priceless Fishing Bulan Yang lalu

    I did some work at the Potash Mine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Pretty neat to know a little history behind it.

  • Anne Loving
    Anne Loving Bulan Yang lalu

    I'm impressed how that container flew up in the air and landed upright again and only lost a few drops ...

  • Yaya DIY Creations
    Yaya DIY Creations Tahun Yang lalu +386

    I am so happy I found this channel. I love it. Thank you for your hard work. ✨

    • Zes
      Zes Tahun Yang lalu


    • Srinivas Rk
      Srinivas Rk Tahun Yang lalu +1

      Chutiya if any Indians here plz reply me😂

  • Cindy Barton
    Cindy Barton Bulan Yang lalu

    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.

  • The Murphy Show
    The Murphy Show Bulan Yang lalu

    You're like the Bill Nye science Guy for the next generation. Love your content!

  • nicksshitbro
    nicksshitbro Bulan Yang lalu

    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!

  • Sunset Paradise
    Sunset Paradise  Bulan Yang lalu +1

    Wow. This is just so fascinating. Why didn't we learn this in school? This is why I love learning.

  • Uncle Phil Composer
    Uncle Phil Composer Tahun Yang lalu +335

    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
      Uncle Phil Composer Tahun Yang lalu +1

      @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
      Fish ops Gaming Tahun Yang lalu

      @Uncle Phil Composer why did you get mad at that?

    • MindGames
      MindGames Tahun Yang lalu +1

      how would that help?

    • Jerry Chiang
      Jerry Chiang Tahun Yang lalu +4

      @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
      Matilda Marmaduke Tahun Yang lalu +2

      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

  • Sameer Safaya
    Sameer Safaya Bulan Yang lalu

    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 =)

  • Yiayia K
    Yiayia K Bulan Yang lalu

    Old days, my foot. As a child, I remenber my father ,first aid team, raced to New Mexico, only to learn, no survivor, burnt beyond recognition. Unlike any mining accident, we knew. Unbelievable, happy to know, lives are safer.

  • Sharez
    Sharez Bulan Yang lalu

    I really loved how you went into details and history

  • Gregory Ballmaier
    Gregory Ballmaier Bulan Yang lalu

    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.

  • BrokeFarmerJohn
    BrokeFarmerJohn Tahun Yang lalu +91

    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.

    • BrokeFarmerJohn
      BrokeFarmerJohn Tahun Yang lalu +2

      @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 Tahun Yang lalu +2

      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 Tahun Yang lalu +5

      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.

  • Jonathan Sanders
    Jonathan Sanders Bulan Yang lalu

    This is professional content. I cant believe this is on youtube and not the discovery channel or something like that.

  • Matt Carroll
    Matt Carroll Bulan Yang lalu +3

    The family and I went past these evaporation ponds last year on our summer family vacation road trip. We rented a Jeep in Moab and went exploring the desert. I knew I wanted to go check these out and I wanted to fly my drone for some videos and photos...however, I had a water incident with my remote while taking some photos at the Gemini Bridges just a few miles away. I was unable to power on the remote and bind to the drone due to water damage. I was so bummed not being able to get aerial footage of these ponds. The colors are so rich and vibrant and the contrast against the sandstone formations is just so unreal. I knew what they were, of course after doing research and learning about them, but this video does such a wonderful job of telling the full story behind Potash! Great work!!

  • bsrodeo7s
    bsrodeo7s Bulan Yang lalu

    Best information I’ve heard about potassium and pot ash. Thank you.

  • kHaLeHasCaLcium
    kHaLeHasCaLcium Bulan Yang lalu

    Very good video. Informative, fun and well filmed and edited.

  • nessy
    nessy Tahun Yang lalu +869

    I think he should be given the budget of the IDclips show but they don’t force him to use their commercialized editing and video structure.

    • Kandi Gloss
      Kandi Gloss Tahun Yang lalu

      it's basically a pilot guys, if they make more episodes they will probably iron out some aspects of it. That being said, I hope they change the show's name, it's awful. The fact that it's been two and a half months and still no new episodes makes me wonder if this concept had been abandoned though, but maybe it takes a long time to make these.

    • Just Raven
      Just Raven Tahun Yang lalu +2

      Derek originally wanted to be filmmaker, he likes doing this stuff. Let the guy enjoy.
      It would be nice if he added lot of references and extra details in description, so curious people can learn more on their own.
      Right now, description box is completely dry.

    • Milorad Stevanović
      Milorad Stevanović Tahun Yang lalu +2

      I was embarrassed to ask about this because I didn't want it to sound like "hurr durr murican tv", but holy moly this is hard to watch. I simply don't understand the need for this level of overdramatization.

    • Robert Larson
      Robert Larson Tahun Yang lalu +6

      It seemed to replace his genuine wonder with corny expensive effects and editing. It reminds me of why I can’t stand network TV. Love the content still, but looked designed to get me through the commercials.

    • j wilson
      j wilson Tahun Yang lalu +9

      @shrdlu i have adhd and I didn't enjoy it lol

  • Stephen Froom
    Stephen Froom Bulan Yang lalu

    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!

  • loganlocke1
    loganlocke1 Bulan Yang lalu

    I had that the color blue in those ponds was copper sulfate. I'm starting to impress myself with how much I know about this

  • wainox Katz
    wainox Katz Bulan Yang lalu

    I´d really be very interested how much time and money this video approximately costed. :) Great effort. Good work.

  • Calen Kennett
    Calen Kennett Bulan Yang lalu

    Love this channel! The average workday of a pre-agricultural hunter gather was 3 hours, by the way.

  • Deforge Randome
    Deforge Randome Bulan Yang lalu

    usually in your videos i am already aware of a good chunk of the information being provided but still learn a tid bit of something new.
    everything about this video was completely new to me.

  • FowaDeLuz
    FowaDeLuz Bulan Yang lalu

    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!

  • menty6666
    menty6666 Bulan Yang lalu

    Just curious, have you done a follow up on what the drought conditions mean for pumping water in to get the salt back out of the earth?

    • menty6666
      menty6666 Bulan Yang lalu

      I hadn't finished the last few minutes...yikes. If this gets cut off, it's going to drive up the cost of fertilizer even further, raising food prices as a result

  • Ra Osiris
    Ra Osiris Bulan Yang lalu

    Amazing. Wonderful production as always. You're fantastic.

  • John T.
    John T. Tahun Yang lalu +332

    "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
      wawawuu 9 bulan yang lalu

      @david padilla Well, that certainly was entertaining to read.

    • Paulski Ye
      Paulski Ye Tahun Yang lalu

      @Carter Matthew Davidson 2

    • David Wührer
      David Wührer Tahun Yang lalu

      @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
      Carter Matthew Davidson Tahun Yang lalu

      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 Tahun Yang lalu +1

      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.

  • Jamie
    Jamie Bulan Yang lalu

    Don’t they make this in Kazakhstan I read somewhere that they were number one in potassium production? This was a great video, Very well done! Subbed

  • mnmmomma2
    mnmmomma2 Bulan Yang lalu

    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!

  • ManiacMonkboon
    ManiacMonkboon Bulan Yang lalu

    It's ironic that I discovered this this morning. When I was a kid (50+ year's ago) my Great Grandma used to make potash soap and as a kid, I hated it. Even more than I hated Ivory soap. She always said it would keep my skin clean and softer than regular soap. 🤓

  • Michael Clark
    Michael Clark Bulan Yang lalu

    Sir Humphry Davies invented the Mine Safety Lamp that allowed the use of an open flame lamp inside coal mines that was prone to have methane on the ceiling. Before that time, they used the Spedding Wheel that sprayed sparks off a piece of flint when a spinning wheel knocked off lots of tiny glowing particles. This worked until a 12 year old boy showed off for the mine superintendent. The resulting blast killed 117 miners. The only survivor was the 12 year old boy that cranked the wheel fast and sprayed the hot sparks up to the ceiling. Sir Humphry Davies then worked on the problem and found out that a flame will not pass through a gauze of wire mesh ( window screen ). The gauze cooled the flame enough that the methane oxygen mix did not ignite. Davies scared the hell out of miners when he first entered a mine with an open flame mine lamp ( with a gauze cover ).

    • Michael Clark
      Michael Clark Bulan Yang lalu

      The Spedding Wheel was invented by Carlyle Spedding

  • eudofia
    eudofia 2 bulan yang lalu +687

    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
      D CW Bulan Yang lalu

      @eudofia and checks

    • ButWhyTho?
      ButWhyTho? Bulan Yang lalu

      @LynxrBeam right? Same here smh

    • ButWhyTho?
      ButWhyTho? Bulan Yang lalu +1

      Oh god. Imagining this has got me laughing til my sides hurt 🤣🤣🤣 ty for this

    • eudofia
      eudofia Bulan Yang lalu

      @Lamster 66 Awesome stuff. Glad to know everyone was ok.

  • Freddy Meischer
    Freddy Meischer Bulan Yang lalu

    Who ever thought up "hydro mining"of potash is so freaking smart