Art

Density Drift

Water, oil, and dish soap atop the colorful background of a CD.

This colorful photo shows three fluids — oil, water, and dish soap — illuminated by the rainbow reflection of a CD. The differing densities of each fluid creates a stratification with water sandwiched between dish soap on the bottom and oil on the top. Because the dish soap is miscible in water, it leaves a smudgy blur against the background, whereas the immiscible oil creates bubble-like lenses at the top. (Image credit: R. Rodriguez)

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