Collision of 2 dipolar vortices in fluid

Collision of 2 dipolar vortices in fluid

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Credit: G.VAN HEIJST & J.FLOR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Chaotic systems: head-on collison of two dipolar vortices in a stratified fluid environment. The original vortices, dyed orange and green, are seen just before they collide. After collision, the vortices will mix to form two new dipoles which will travel at right angles to the original direction of motion. Dipolar vortices are relevant to turbulence in large-scale geophysical systems such as the atmosphere or oceans. Turbulence in fluid systems is one example of a chaotic system.

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Keywords: chaos, collision, dipole formation, effects, fluid, fluid dynamics, fluid turbulence, fluids, liquid, physical effect, physics, turbulence, vortex, vortex collision, vortices

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