Blue food dye in water exhibits the Rayleigh Taylor instability, complete with ‘umbrella’ formations.

Blue food dye in water exhibits the Rayleigh Taylor instability, complete with ‘umbrella’ formations.

By Christopher O’Brien for Fall 2015 Get Wet.
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Food dye in water, with the top surface moving to the right distorts the usual Rayleigh Taylor formations.

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