Travelers will journey far and wide to visit mysterious locations. A few of the bigger name mysterious travel hotspots include the Bermuda Triangle, Winchester Mansion, or the Oregon Vortex. A travel location that many would never know has a mysterious factor is the Hoover Dam in Nevada. We are here to give you the inside scoop about the Hoover Dam.
The Hoover Dam has many tourists, including Leslie and Camila, stunned with its ability to defy the laws of gravity.
When you pour out a water bottle you expect the water to come pouring down but that is not what happens over the Hoover Dam.
Two women, Leslie and Camila, heard a rumor that water could pour down the Hoover Dam. They wanted to see if the rumor was true and it was! Leslie tried to pour out a water bottle over the Hoover Dam and instead of flowing down, the water floated up. The two were amazed that it was actually true.
How does water seem to defy gravity at the Hoover Dam?
Doug Hendrix is a spokesperson for the Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the Hoover Dam. Doug explains that the Hoover Dam, “…can get some pretty high winds in the area. The canyon often acts as a funnel.”
The high winds turns into a funnel against the Hoover Dam, which will make water seem to float and defy gravity. What seems to defy physics logic actually makes sense through physics and logic. It might be explained easy, but it is still a sight to behold while “experiments” are done by tourists at the dam.
The Hoover Dam has over 7 million visitors yearly, how many do you think try to pour water over the dam?
Out of the 7 million yearly visitors to the Hoover Dam, about one million tourists will take the official Hoover Dam tour. Hopefully they have better luck during the tour than Chevy Chase did in Vegas Vacation. Doug Hendrix states that dam ambassadors, that lead the tours, try and instill the wonderment and awe that the Hoover Dam deserves.
“Hoover Dam is 726 feet high and 1,244 feet long at the crest. It contains 4,400,000 cubic yards of concrete. Four reinforced-concrete intake towers located above the dam divert water from the reservoir into huge steel pipes called penstocks. The water, after falling some 500 feet through the pipes to a hydroelectric power plant in the base of the dam, turns 17 Francis-type vertical hydraulic turbines, which rotate a series of electric generators that have a total power capacity of 2,080 megawatts,” Britannica explains.
That is a massive dam. No wonder it can has also created its own wind tunnel!
The Hoover Dam might not have started as a tourist attraction for holding a mysterious factor, but it has quickly turned into one.
Doug Hendrix was not aware that tourists have been trying their own water experiments over the Hoover Dam, but is not surprised. Since Leslie and Camila have posted their video, hundreds of other tourists have posted their own videos trying to see if it is real. All you have to do is type “Hoover Dam Water Challenge” into the YouTube search bar and you will see the endless amount of people who have tried the experiment.
Check out the video right below and be amazed at the floating water.
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