Try this Physics Central feature to see an activity that illustrates the Raleigh-Taylor instability--the creation of ripples at the surface between two fluids with the higher-density fluid on top. The ripples become growing fingers, and the fluids mix. You can do this activity with easily obtainable materials, chilled tap water and hot, dyed tap water.
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