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. It’s a travel vlog, documentary, and science show wrapped into one. It’s Pindrop.


  • rickity randy
    rickity randy11 minuta më parë

    Oh here we go again now American are going to make potassium cannons

  • Wonka DeWitt Bukater
    Wonka DeWitt Bukater3 orë më parë

    So, it means once it will finish one day... then what it will happen with the demmand?

  • FyRo
    FyRo11 orë më parë

    okay but is this gonna help you make nitroglycerin and take control of the miracle cave?

  • Joseph Fortier
    Joseph Fortier13 orë më parë

    Thank you for subtitling your video, I assume you used Aegisub since it features formatting.

  • Titifo 1
    Titifo 115 orë më parë

    Reminds me of Dr. Stone

  • Marius Braun
    Marius Braun15 orë më parë

    12:28 Therapist: Derek Washington isn't real, he can't hurt you Derek Washington:

  • No Bo
    No Bo17 orë më parë

    what about a video on how genetically modified crops have become less nutritious

  • Pawel Cuper
    Pawel Cuper20 orë më parë

    Your video just burned a few houses.

  • der gefährlich dicke mann
    der gefährlich dicke mann20 orë më parë

    And now he showed us how to build a bomb

  • Niminae
    Niminae20 orë më parë

    You are such a scientist. "I didn't expect it to blow up that big" *Puzzles* "I think it was because I weighed it down"

  • Hhhjj Gyuuhgg
    Hhhjj Gyuuhgg23 orë më parë

    ngl they should just build the future city from tomorrowland at this location

  • Last Cent
    Last Cent23 orë më parë

    You know, after all this. I'm just surprised to see a jeep off road.

  • Sandeep Verma
    Sandeep VermaDitë më parë

    yeah that is how you do it no animation just make a working model

  • Cecília Garibaldi
    Cecília GaribaldiDitë më parë

    F*ck i was planning to steal potasium

  • Andrew Rigy
    Andrew RigyDitë më parë

    7:17 - so little smoke and burns slowly - maybe that's not black powder?

  • yeetstermemes
    yeetstermemesDitë më parë

    this sounds like something i would dream about. suddenly learning about something thats really weird and somehow caused everything to happen.

  • Holden, Mommy & Grommy
    Holden, Mommy & GrommyDitë më parë

    Great, now if aliens want to take out half of the population of the world they know where to nuke.

  • Son of Liberty
    Son of LibertyDitë më parë

    As someone who grew up in moab, this is pretty interesting. Parts of this I've never heard before. Did somewhat fascinating that the two biggest mineral extraction industries that put Moab on the map, we're both caused by Germany. The first being as described in the video the demand for potassium around world war I. The second mineral boom was the search for uranium following the development of the atomic industry during and following world war II. People think of Moab for some of the best of four wheeling anywhere to be found as well as some of the best bicycling, but they don't think about how years before any of this happened uranium and potash developed and sustained a pretty awesome community. And this doesn't even mention the national parks and monuments on each side of town plus the state parks and lands in the area. Arches national Park in canyonlands national Park are a couple of the most photographed places in the world.

  • broe5010 broe5010
    broe5010 broe5010Ditë më parë


  • broe5010 broe5010
    broe5010 broe5010Ditë më parë

    Lithium pools?

  • leo sema
    leo sema2 ditë më parë


  • I. O.
    I. O.2 ditë më parë

    one thing I can say, every time I watch this channel I learn something new. 🙌

  • trashpiece
    trashpiece2 ditë më parë

    man that part at the end where he's talking about how ag freed us up... slavery didn't exist before we got "freed up". It didn't need to because we worked gathering about 4 hours a day lol. Neither did famine and infectious disease. Settlement was a disaster for the human race from which we only recently "recovered", which is funny to say because it's increasingly clear we the final result of settlement is that we are going to eliminate the possibility for mass, organized human life on the planet while wiping out several other species in the process. And that's not even considering nukes, robots, pandemics or other biotech based threats. Pretty amazing what potassium has wrought.

  • Noah Gilbert
    Noah Gilbert2 ditë më parë

    “So I can fly your drone?” “No, you can control the camera on the drone.” Lol 🤣

  • Noah Gilbert
    Noah Gilbert2 ditë më parë

    Awesome video, thank you.

  • Zeddy12321
    Zeddy123212 ditë më parë

    i will still go down to work :)

  • Scott Donaldson
    Scott Donaldson2 ditë më parë

    I dropped a piece of potassium the size of a stick of butter off a high bridge once. The results were MASSIVE!!

  • Никита Ушаков
    Никита Ушаков2 ditë më parë

    In fact, before agriculture people spent less than half a day to find food. With agriculture we managed to increase the amount of people, but none of them happines (remember all of the time before 20 century)

  • Zubair Ashfaq
    Zubair Ashfaq2 ditë më parë

    Looyk,s Elon musk son

  • Virtrial
    Virtrial2 ditë më parë

    Hunter Gatherers had more free time than early agriculturalists. The people growing crops had to take care of them everyday. The people foraging and hunting nomadicly could be sustained off a good kill or haul of foraged goods for a few days or even upwards of a week before having to worry about food again.

  • genevieve シ
    genevieve シ2 ditë më parë

    why is youtube originals in thumbnail

  • Lee Miller
    Lee Miller2 ditë më parë

    *HUNTER GATHERERS* did not spend all day every day hunting and gathering. It is estimated they spent 20 to 30 hours a week doing that.

  • OD
    OD3 ditë më parë

    This is much better than just googling what the pools are

  • FeedMeSalt
    FeedMeSalt3 ditë më parë


  • Bree Mantanona
    Bree Mantanona3 ditë më parë

    That was so cool to learn about. Thank you for what you do.

  • Jeedeye
    Jeedeye3 ditë më parë

    So we frack potash? What is the geological impact? What about the impact on the Indigenous Tribes of the area? Do they have a say?

  • GoHazard
    GoHazard3 ditë më parë

    I love the little model setups, great job!

  • Bethy Mears
    Bethy Mears3 ditë më parë

    Just one word Wow

  • Bethy Mears
    Bethy Mears3 ditë më parë

    Great I was so delighted to see the potassium in the water.

  • Rayne Michelle
    Rayne Michelle3 ditë më parë

    This is my favourite kind of content. The potash potassium connection blew my mind.

  • Dave Awesome
    Dave Awesome3 ditë më parë

    4:43 bucket lighting!

  • vishwant patil
    vishwant patil3 ditë më parë

    Bro it's not half but probably all population of earth is affected by it😅

  • AussieTrucking
    AussieTrucking4 ditë më parë

    what is the bucket made off damn

  • TotallyNotMe
    TotallyNotMe4 ditë më parë

    I am your biggest fan

  • Matthew M
    Matthew M4 ditë më parë

    Imagine all that wood burned on an industrial scale, just for the ash. Uhg. I hope they used the heat too. Poor trees

  • hispeed1985
    hispeed19854 ditë më parë

    Rode next to the ponds with a buddy on Honda Grom motorcycles while going to White Rim trail

  • Sepher Agon
    Sepher Agon4 ditë më parë

    Ye but why they make us put fluoride in the water from the production of fertilizer? Can't they find any better and money producing way of using all that fluoride instead of making us ingest it for free against our will?

  • Poop Man
    Poop Man4 ditë më parë

    man stalls for 3 minutes..

  • Nevin Millan
    Nevin Millan4 ditë më parë

    Loved this vid! Fascinating info here for a science geek...all I ever didn't even know I wanted to learn about Potash. Thank you sir! 🙏🏽

  • Cheaf Min
    Cheaf Min4 ditë më parë

    Once he started mentioning explosives I thought they were going to be some kind of sulfer farm or something similar. Guess I wasn't too far off...

  • DI24K3999
    DI24K39994 ditë më parë

    The level of ads--had to watch 4 commercials before i could watch anything. What has youtube become?

  • Rasel Hasan
    Rasel Hasan4 ditë më parë

    I like your camera 🎥 . Thanks for letting us know potassium

  • daevin bennett
    daevin bennett4 ditë më parë

    It was such a great video...hats off to the crew 👏👏

  • Isaac Leforte
    Isaac Leforte4 ditë më parë

    All that for a drop of pot ash.

  • Udit Pradhan
    Udit Pradhan4 ditë më parë

    The quality of the video 🤯 Thanks for your hard work :)

  • valebliz
    valebliz4 ditë më parë

    Derek, I guess you do what you got to do, but I like the style of your old videos much better, and there was more insight.

  • Anthony Voisine
    Anthony Voisine5 ditë më parë

    Your conclusion is false

  • Scott Adler
    Scott Adler5 ditë më parë

    Why can't they use waste water? The Colorado River is the only significant water source in the American southwest.

  • Joshua Nye
    Joshua Nye5 ditë më parë

    when doctor stone starts making sense

  • Eric Pham
    Eric Pham5 ditë më parë

    it program the sun light and become soul programing

  • Dbf Crell
    Dbf Crell5 ditë më parë

    Saltpeter and sugar make excellent smoke bombs. and also saltpeter was given to military troops to keep them from getting horny and boning each other. No lie!

  • Akshat Sharma
    Akshat Sharma5 ditë më parë

    Why do they just use sunlight if they can use burners and heaters to evaporate water?

  • Lindy Brown
    Lindy Brown5 ditë më parë

    So if potassium is so volatile could it be the reason for spontaneous human combustion? Extreme amounts of potassium? Its crazy to me that someone thought, "what if I burn hardwood down to ash then mix it with pig fat?" Amazing minds!

  • Murray Ball
    Murray Ball5 ditë më parë

    My first thought - Lithium!

  • Außenseiter It’s the J-Team crew
    Außenseiter It’s the J-Team crew5 ditë më parë

    Me and this guy would get along great man! I react the same way to chemical reactions. I noticed another Alkaline style metal is sodium and it has a similar reaction to hydrogen

  • Matthew Tubbs
    Matthew Tubbs5 ditë më parë

    Are you going to do more pindrop

  • cluxter -
    cluxter -6 ditë më parë

    Very interesting and well made content. Congrats!!

  • cluxter -
    cluxter -6 ditë më parë

    4:24 Now imagine Veritasium and Colin Furze working together.

  • JannotJohn1
    JannotJohn16 ditë më parë

    I really had the thought that the discovery of potassium has something to do with potatoes. Well, i was wrong...

  • Raymond WM Choi
    Raymond WM Choi6 ditë më parë

    Where is the largest potassium sulfate mine on earth?

  • FreedomCells org / VaxPain us
    FreedomCells org / VaxPain us6 ditë më parë

    Title content starts at 14:00 minutes. I spaced out a little during all the history of potash. Once the title content started & I realized he was finally getting to the point, I had to skip back a minute & pay closer attention.

    FACT HUNTER6 ditë më parë

    I hate long videos but i love intresting videos, Love u so much sir

  • Salted Anchovies
    Salted Anchovies6 ditë më parë

    I just found out that gunpowder is invented by the chinese

  • Andrew Smith
    Andrew Smith6 ditë më parë

    Richard Hammond with his engineering connections would be so proud.

  • The Ram
    The Ram6 ditë më parë

    When Germany cut off the world from potassium...... sounds like what china is doing with its rare earth metals. History sounds like it will repeat.

  • Austin Causey
    Austin Causey6 ditë më parë

    So everyone is praising you...but you’re not correct

  • Elias Lorgnier
    Elias Lorgnier6 ditë më parë

    Nothing about the ecologic cost of all of this?

  • Simply Chandan
    Simply Chandan6 ditë më parë

    Really cool. Beautifull created. Informative content.

  • Dirt Wagon
    Dirt Wagon6 ditë më parë

    You think this ponds are beautiful now? Well they're even more cool if you leave Moab early in the morning, go along the Colorado to Long Canyon Road, then travel up and over to Schaefer Switchbacks Road, take in all the breath taking view as you drive all the way down and meander over to Potash Road, which takes you right by these ponds, and then back in to Moab for lunch! 😁

  • Inam Ahamed
    Inam Ahamed6 ditë më parë

    So they burnt Millions of Trees !!!!!

  • Eddy Agosto
    Eddy Agosto6 ditë më parë

    It is amazing that our economy and life really depend on what and where and how and when we depend on our planet earth!

  • strault
    strault6 ditë më parë

    Did he say $330 dollars per metric ton of potash? That is unbelievably cheap, lol

  • Atharv Sakhala
    Atharv Sakhala6 ditë më parë

    tldw; potassium salts evaporation pans

  • Mayank Bhardwaj
    Mayank Bhardwaj7 ditë më parë

    Benchmark video! Great work

  • Mariusz Butrykowski
    Mariusz Butrykowski7 ditë më parë

    Hunter-gatherers didn't spend all day harvesting food. You're thinking of farmers.

  • Jim Pikoulis
    Jim Pikoulis7 ditë më parë

    Pot economy is growing

  • Jim Pikoulis
    Jim Pikoulis7 ditë më parë

    Infused Bum powder

  • vuppu rammohanrao
    vuppu rammohanrao7 ditë më parë

    Incredible explanation!!!

  • Remote Viewer 1
    Remote Viewer 17 ditë më parë

    Fascinating. Who knew?

  • John Wolf
    John Wolf7 ditë më parë

    Packed with content. The way you brought together several seemingly unrelated events as the story progressed was very well done.

  • IgorRyltsev
    IgorRyltsev7 ditë më parë

    I did not expect it to do that! Said the guy with ear plugs xD

  • Agust


    13 orë më parë

    @Donald Duck at 4:44 he said: “...of course I’ve seen this demo before but never with such a huge explosion...” So what’s your point here?

  • Agust


    13 orë më parë

    @; and the quality of his youtube channel is impressive

  • Dr. Nightmare

    Dr. Nightmare

    13 orë më parë

    @Donald Duck Since when is wanting a big (not dangerous) explosion being a jerk?

  • Donald Duck

    Donald Duck

    14 orë më parë

    @Dr. Nightmare If he did not expect that, then he is really a moron. My chemistry teacher used about half a gram. And there was a pop, a flame and lots of fog. Now, if you took any further schooling and learned about exothermic reactions like thermite you also have tables and algorithms to know how much energy is put out and what to expect in a reaction. I was in the engineers corps in the army and had some schooling on explosives and security distances depending on mass of explosive, which kind and what was around. Hint: Water is not compressible. But I think he is just a jerk and used a lot of potassium cause he got lots of cash from his million view videos and wanted as big an explosion as he could manage in the studio. I hope he had a team from the local firedepartment on standby, but hope often fails, so yeah.

  • Dr. Nightmare

    Dr. Nightmare

    21 orë më parë

    He did not expect it to blast that fiercely

  • Ivan Dossev
    Ivan Dossev7 ditë më parë

    Really enjoyed this one thank you :)

  • frederikfialin
    frederikfialin7 ditë më parë

    Fantastic episode

  • The Pickles
    The Pickles7 ditë më parë

    1:37 "They sorta look like rice patties.." Yeah except for the lack of any rice..

  • Teemo
    Teemo7 ditë më parë

    You should visit the Saskatchewan Potash mines in Canada

  • bharath kumar
    bharath kumar7 ditë më parë

    Nice video

  • Neuro Fiber
    Neuro Fiber7 ditë më parë

    The amount of collateral info Derek manages to shoehorn into this video reminds me of James Burke's Connections. Great production values Derek.

  • sven oscar Hansen
    sven oscar Hansen7 ditë më parë

    Very interesting. But one mistake. Many, if not all tribal cultures of the past, spent only a small amount of their time looking for food. They had a good amount of time off. Modern industrialized man spends far more time “ making a living“. ,

    AVANI VIHOL7 ditë më parë

    Best educator best vedio maker best.

  • Vincent Guido Printup
    Vincent Guido Printup7 ditë më parë

    Also, please make more of these!

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