Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Hand in the Water

photo  by Chris Clarke

It happens all the time - sooner or later, someone on the gondola gets the urge to put a hand in the water.

Not everyone does it, and in some places it's not the best idea,
but it still happens.

Positive buoyancy is a remarkable thing. 
It seems almost magical to people riding in the boat.
The concept that something so big and heavy can stay on top of the water really gets them thinking.

Some reach down just because they're curious about the water temperature,
but others do so in an effort to better understand the fluid surface the boat is floating on.

Sometimes I'll take the time to explain the priciples of buoyancy and displacement, but most of the time I just let them marvel in the magic.
They seem to enjoy it more that way.

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