Experiment Set Up

First, we set up our experiment using a stream table. We put plastic in a shallow wooden box to make it waterproof. We filled the box with sand, diatomaceous earth (looks like flour), and water.

 

First, we set up our experiment using a stream table. We put plastic in a shallow wooden box to make it waterproof. We filled the box with sand, diatomaceous earth (looks like flour), and water. Then each member of our team took a job. The principle investigator listened to everyone's ideas and then decided which ones to use for this experiment. The engineer was the only person with hands in the sand. The engineer worked with the sand to create the initial condition that the team picked.

 

One person had to be solar energy. He or she scooped water from the ocean (this does the job of evaporation) and poured it into a bucket (this does the job of the clouds to move the water back to land).

On the next page you can see the observations that we made when we started running the experiment.

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