Fluid Density Separation

I was making a batch of iced tea, and was pretty amused by what happened to it. I first heated the water, dumped in a tablespoon of sugar without stirring it, and steeped the tea for five minutes. I came back to this:

I found it rather amusing that the sugar all dissolved, but stayed saturated at the bottom of the jar, segregating itself from the tea above it.


  1. Pfft! Sugar! I always knew it was a snob.

  2. Yeah yeah. Between the milk, premixed sugar, and heating it in the microwave, I can hardly call it tea at all, can I? May as well go down and buy a tin of caffeine pills and call it a day.


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