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Convection Currents

Convection Currents

This demonstration provides an aesthetic way to view convection currents in fluids. Water warmed by an electric circuit mixes with the surrounding cooler water creating turbulence effects that bend light; the resulting swirling shadows can be projected onto a screen. The site provides an explanation of what happens and a simpler method to demonstrate the same effect. Materials needed and assembly instructions are also given. This activity is part of Exploratorium's Science Snacks series.


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