Can the Ice Wall in ‘Game of Thrones’ Survive Science? (Wired)


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“Even at very cold temperatures, large ice masses deform under their own weight,” Albert tells Wired.

The 700-foot fantasy world wall would eventually “flow” and deform over time under the pressure of its own weight, says Hawley. “Try making a post out of Silly Putty and leaving it for an hour, and you will get the picture.”

Read the full story, published 3/27/13 by Wired.

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