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Interactive video lesson plan for: How nutrients spread in a turbulent sea

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A computer simulation -- part of Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Roman Stocker and former MIT post-doc John R. Taylor's work -- shows the way a patch of nutrient material is pulled apart into swirling filaments by turbulence in the water, eventually dissolving away completely. The process is similar to the way cream in a cup of coffee first forms swirls, then eventually is uniformly distributed through the coffee.

Read more at MIT News: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/microbes-sit-still-or-go-hunting-for-food-1101.html

Tagged under: biology,oceanography,microfluidics,ecology,climate change,physics,microbiology,fluid dynamics

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