This Is One Awesomely Perfect and Refreshing Example of Surface Tension

By Jesus Diaz on at

Missing the Olympics? Trapped in the office dying to dive in a pool or the sea? Love physics? If the answer is yes to any or all of this questions, you will love this amazing image of a swimmer about to break out of the water.

The swimmer seems to be perfectly wrapped in glass thanks to a well-known physics phenomenom called surface tension. From the Wikipedia:

Surface tension is a contractive tendency of the surface of a liquid that allows it to resist an external force. It is revealed, for example, in the floating of some objects on the surface of water, even though they are denser than water, and in the ability of some insects (e.g. water striders) to run on the water surface. This property is caused by cohesion of similar molecules, and is responsible for many of the behaviors of liquids.

It can also be quite beautiful, as swimmer Tyler Clary is demonstrating. [Thanks Karl!]

Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images.