Tabletop Convection
Convection on a Small Scale
This image shows the pattern of convection cells in the NOAA exhibit. The fluid is silicone oil with a density similar to water. Pearl essence, a shimmery powder, is mixed in to the oil so you can see the movement of the fluid and the patterns formed by convection. To get an up-close view of this exhibit and many others, come visit the David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder!
of convection cells formed in silicone oil Touch the links below to...

...learn about the inspiration for this exhibit: beautiful laboratory results of convection cells. how to make your own convection in the classroom.

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