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Lake vs. Olive Oil

One tablespoon of olive oil destroys half an acre of waves on this lake. What The Physics?!

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By Greg Kestin

One tablespoon of olive oil is dropped into a lake, and after ten minutes, a half-acre of waves are gone. How could the oil spread so far, and why does it calm the waves? Find out in this episode of What The Physics?!

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