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The Illusion of Laminar

Sometimes, water can be so 'organized' it appears frozen (big virgo energy). But how? Well, when water particles travel at orderly speeds in the same direction, they’re less likely to mix or form eddies. The result is a very smooth stream - so smooth, in fact, that it appears solid. This process is referred to as laminar flow. The opposite of laminar flow is turbulent flow, which - by definition - is not so smooth. This type of flow occurs when water travels at irregular speeds and mixes together. Basically your classic water faucet. 

So what causes laminar flow? It typically occurs at low velocities and with liquids of higher viscosity, which is science jargon for slow ‘n slimy. Imagine a flat surface of water with a layer of water gliding on top, and another layer gliding on top of that one. The analogy of cards sliding alongside one another is often used to describe how it works - each layer of water particles moves independently from the surrounding layers, creating a smooth, non-turbulent flow. Our brains don't compute the tiny movements, so it appears solid. We’d ask you to turn on your faucet and create the conditions yourself, but that would be a huge waste of water and California needs it. So watch the above video instead.


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Laminar Flow- Britannica

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