Monday, February 11, 2008

The Physics of Sandcastles

Lots of stuff on granular physics in here. This short article gives you a brief intro on the physics of sandcastles, or more specifically, the ratio of sand to water to give you the most stable sand structure.

Of course, the practical application of this goes beyond just building castles in the sand at the beach.

The results provide understanding of the complex physics of more than just sandcastles: they could shed light on landslides, which have killed hundreds of thousands over the past century.

This again is another example where many people do not realize of the practical application of physics, and that there's a lot of physics involved here.


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