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Many of us have played with sand art–the rotating frames filled with water, sand, and air. In this video, Shanks FX demonstrates some of the realistic and surrealistic landscapes you can create using this toy. It also makes for a neat fluid dynamics demonstration. The buoyancy of the trapped air bubbles lets the sand sift slowly down instead of falling immediately. And the sand descends in a variety of ways–sometimes laminar columns and other times wilder turbulent plumes. (Video credit and submission: Shanks FX/PBS Digital Studios)

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