How nutrients spread in a turbulent sea

A computer simulation — part of Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Roman Stocker and former MIT postdoc John R. Taylor's work — shows the way a patch of nutrient material is pulled apart into swirling filaments by turbulence in the water, eventually dissolving away completely. The process is similar to the way cream in a cup of coffee first forms swirls, then eventually is uniformly distributed through the coffee.

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