Hawaii Ridge Helps “Stir” Ocean Waters, Study Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 18, 2003   View Article

Imagine a cup of black coffee. Add a spot of cream. Watch. The white glob swirls, tendrils stretch to the rim and get thinner. Black and white meld to milky brown but black patches remain, white tendrils linger. Grab a spoon. Stir. The patches and tendrils disappear. Sip. Enjoy.

The interactions of motion that mix the coffee and cream are difficult to understand, says Dan Rudnick, an oceanographer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego. His task is even more difficult. He and his colleagues are on a quest to understand how mixing happens in the oceans.

Related Posts

Droughts Worldwide May Have an Effect on American Dinner Plates

Brown dwarf as cool as coffee found

Early Risers Have Mutated Gene, Study Says

Coffee Glut Brews Crisis for Farmers, Wildlife

© 2008-2010 Collected Writings By John Roach