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Making waves: The power of concentration gradients - Sasha Wright

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The constant motion of our oceans represents a vast and complicated system involving many different drivers. Sasha Wright explains the physics behind one of those drivers -- the concentration gradient -- and illustrates how our oceans are continually engaging in a universal struggle for space.

In temperate regions, the ocean surface water is heated by the sun, causing some water molecules to evaporate. How would you expect this to affect the concentration of salt molecules?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Alexandra (Sasha) Wright
  • Collaborator Ellen Herra
  • Director Andrew Foerster
  • Sound Designer Devin Polaski
  • Artist Sarah Pedro
  • Editor Emma Bryce
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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