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Rotating convection on the edge

Turbulent convection in a rotating body is a common but poorly understood phenomenon in astrophysical and geophysical settings. Consideration of boundary effects offers a fresh angle on this thorny problem.

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Figure 1: Thermal convection in a spherical shell of fluid, rotating about a vertical axis.


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