2023 Best of Web- Maddie O’Brien

2023 Best of Web- Maddie O’Brien

I think that this image of an avalanche by Scott Rinckenberger encapsulates the intersection between science and art in the context of flow visualization. From my experience doing avalanche control work, I would imagine that the flow of the snow itself is turbulent. I also think it’s cool that this image has captured the past flow of wind. The overhanging snow at the top of the ridges shows that air has flowed over and dropped snow in these areas. The juxtaposition of such a destructive natural force in a spot of such natural beauty adds complexity to the situation.

source: https://www.scottrinck.com/avalanches-as-art

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  • Rachel Marbaker
    Sep 10, 2023 19:11

    Third Prize
    The photo communicates flow beautifully, with the combination of the dark trees and shadows providing contrast for the snow on snow. I think that avalanches are typically modeled using granular flow and I’m very curious about how turbulence translates into granular flows. The flow phenomena is also interesting because the billowing cloud is a visualization of the ice crystals with the surrounding air, giving a hint at the acceleration of the slide

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  • Austin Sommars
    Sep 8, 2023 16:27

    Third Prize

    I love seeing natural flow, particularly with avalanches because of the landscape that often lies in the background. Beautiful mountains and trees amongst a terrifying amount of snow crashing down the mountain. The black-and-white photo also adds a level of contrast that enhances the dramatization.

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