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August 25th, 2008

oil on water calming effect [Aug. 25th, 2008|11:38 am]


It has been known since ancient times that when a small amount of oil is poured into water it is able to significantly reduce or calm wind-induced waves at the surface. This stilling of the waves is referred to as the Oil-on-Water Calming Effect and is the origin behind the well-known phrase "to pour oil on troubled waters."

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