These Pools Help Support Half The People On Earth

These Pools Help Support Half The People On Earth

What are these electric blue ponds in the middle of the Utah desert? And why do they keep changing color?

Join Derek Muller (Veritasium) as he looks into the weird, bizarre, and seemingly inexplicable images found on Google Earth to discover what on Earth they actually are. Itโ€™s a travel vlog, documentary, and science show wrapped into one. Itโ€™s Pindrop.

0:00 Intro
0:29 Electric Blue Ponds
2:13 Finding The Truth
5:47 Importance Of Potash
8:41 Potash From Rocks
14:04 Safer Ways To Mine
15:02 Droning
17:28 Potash The Savior

50 Comments

  1. Tom Rogers on January 12, 2023 at 10:43 pm

    Here in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, our forests and lakes are mineral deficient due to acid rain. We have a program that collects wood ash from homes and the ash is spread in the forests near water bodies. I spread mine on my lawn and forest areas, which are next to a large lake.

  2. MKM on January 12, 2023 at 10:44 pm

    Why today November 30, 2022 are farmers saying thereโ€™s a shortage of potash ?

  3. Yungskiz on January 12, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    I’ve seen the word before, no idea what it meant, thought it was pronounced poe-tash ๐Ÿ˜†

  4. Brenda Martinez on January 12, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    thats great to know that hundreds of thousands of gallons of the dying colorado river are deliberately being evaporated away on purpose… Can we drink Potash?? Whatever company is profitting off of this waste I hope that they also live in an area that depends on the Colorado River for survival. If they dont, then they need to be forced to live out here as well since they helped this water crisis along as they get rich and care about nothing but lining their own pockets..

  5. Eric Resh on January 12, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    When I saw how big that chunk of potassium was I knew we were in for a big bang.

  6. bluina on January 12, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    why do the ponds change color sometimes?

  7. itsasecret on January 12, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    That thumping noise during the drone part of the video is incredibly annoying. Otherwise great video and interesting altogether.

  8. Richard Arreola on January 12, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    My Son is interested in archaeology and I will share this great inspirational video.

  9. Dhenok Ayu Setianingsih on January 12, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    awesome

  10. Lissy on January 12, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    When you mentioned that mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, it reminded me of another dangerous job. Saturation diving! I’d love to see an episode of that!

  11. Chi co on January 12, 2023 at 10:50 pm

    Hold on, where is the point of saying a brands name like getorade but having the lable removed from the bottle

  12. Walker Enterprise on January 12, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    I have a mysterious photo of something I took while on the flight to California from Atlanta. I was literally sleep and woke up facing my window and as I open my eyes, I saw what looks like a extremely large silver plate. I immediately grab my camera and took a photo. I wish I could get it to this guy.

  13. Jeff Garbarek on January 12, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    All that fertilizer made 8n my backyard. But Ukraine war made food shortages? Okay. Got it.

  14. Hodor Hodor on January 12, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    how is there only one episode of this series? what . where . who??

  15. That_Pagan on January 12, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    How does the evaporation effect the weather system? Wouldnโ€™t evaporating that much water change the weather?

  16. ProteinShake on January 12, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    I have seen those in person

  17. Teyon Alexander on January 12, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    So pot ash was a thing and then this guy came along and decided heโ€™d try it and so he gets to be famous for it? Shenanigans.

  18. fake devdutt on January 12, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    when is next pindrop video coming?????

  19. sprotasov2014 on January 12, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    How many gamma rays from these fields?

  20. AddiNoir on January 12, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    I’m gonna use the segment of potash and it’s use in weapons for my National History Day project, and it’s due in 9 days. wish me luck because I know this will help!

  21. C SH on January 12, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    He looks weird dressed like Geo. Washington.

  22. Juan Diaz on January 12, 2023 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t like YouTube style.

  23. Glen Anderson on January 12, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    18:27 "Sports People" are called Athletes my friend. ๐Ÿ˜„

  24. John Oldroyd on January 12, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    So when do we get to find out about the abandoned city off the coast of Japan?

  25. TheRhondaebayer on January 12, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    so interesting….thanks

  26. Snake Eater 022 on January 12, 2023 at 11:07 pm

    It is not a good thing that we are over populating.

  27. GRaTePHuLDoL on January 12, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    There’s some similar looking ponds in Southeast florida, just west of Miami, that I always wondered about and thought this video may be referencing.. but turns out those are just limestone quarries lol

  28. Jahnna Abreu on January 12, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    4:29 indoor rain
    made from ash

  29. Alz Manfield on January 12, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    I remember my science teacher put potassium in a bucket of water as a class experiment and blew himself up he was too close, the only science class I ever learnt something ๐Ÿ˜

  30. Ufargar Nidgit on January 12, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Thankfully the Colorada River has an unlimited supply of water to pump into these potash mines.

  31. Shane Scott on January 12, 2023 at 11:15 pm

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  32. Abinadi Jacob Rabago on January 12, 2023 at 11:16 pm

    The House of Mysteries in Oregon

  33. Mr Foxydoodles on January 12, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    We native Americans demand a cut of all revenue made in the USA

  34. Robert Waid on January 12, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    Great video. It shows the interconnectivity and importance of another, largely unknown, industry to the rest of society.

  35. Ryan Ballantyne on January 12, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    Derek talking to people at Dead Horse Point overlook who hadn’t yet seen the placard that explains what the ponds are. ๐Ÿ˜†

  36. Galveston on January 12, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    Fascinating!

  37. _MALOO_ on January 12, 2023 at 11:20 pm

    i know how to make gunpowder now ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Ludicrous on January 12, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    NOW I know why if you cover a huge stump with sacks of fertilizer and ignite it the stump will be blown out of the ground!!๐Ÿ”ฅ

  39. Nicholas Matos on January 12, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    Before watching the video or reading any comments:

    I think these are like bacteria/ microorganism farms. There’s lots of bacteria and algae that are vibrantly colored. Some of them can create medication, make fertilizer, or balance the contaminants in your fish pond.

    So yeah my guess is some type of microorganism farm.

  40. Mesa Man on January 12, 2023 at 11:24 pm

    WOW, I’ve backpacked through Utah on the Hayduke route and saw these ponds from across the Colorado river. Mike Coronella who speaks @11:03 is the co- creator of the Hayduke trail.

  41. Honey B on January 12, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    I just subscribed to the University of Veritasium

  42. Adam Russell on January 12, 2023 at 11:30 pm

    Im wondering how these days of water shortage will impact this process.

  43. fake devdutt on January 12, 2023 at 11:30 pm

    so nice an explaination!! thank you

  44. chumz80hd on January 12, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    Love all the scientific detail but lets get down to the child like reactions from this man when he does experiments LOL such a great video!

  45. LeftHandPath Media on January 12, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    Once again ,another holy grail video. I mean, I always loved your channel forreal, but the consistency of your content is just unmatched to me.

  46. Christian Johnson on January 12, 2023 at 11:34 pm

    what was in the balloon

  47. Igor Santos on January 12, 2023 at 11:35 pm

    That was an awesome video, as usual! But… where’s the rest of the series? haha

  48. Caden Luther on January 12, 2023 at 11:36 pm

    The bucket of water landed

  49. Sammy on January 12, 2023 at 11:40 pm

    now I want to experiment with pot ash and create explosions.

  50. Thenoone's Fourth Alt on January 12, 2023 at 11:42 pm

    Where’s Pindrop Episode 2?

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