Whirlpools: Facts, formation and survival tips

Rapid currents in oceans and rivers are constantly changing direction. A vortex is a phenomenon that forms when water moving in two different directions comes into contact with each other and interacts in an abnormal way. They cannot continue to move at the same speed and direction through each other, so they are forced to spin and swirl around each other.

Depending on the mass of the water and the force of the colliding waters, eddies can appear of different sizes. Some whirlpools form and disappear in a short time, while some water systems hold whirlpools for centuries, according to the Niagra Parks website. The larger and more dangerous whirlpools are called maelstroms. These have the power to engulf anyone who gets too close.

Formation of a whirlpool

How to survive a whirlpool

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