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Crystal Growth and Buoyancy-Driven Convection Currents
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 5-12


Crystals can be grown using a variety of methods. One of the simplest ways involves dissolving a solid into a liquid. While students can easily grow crystals by following the directions, the success of observing the density-driven convection currents depends upon a very still environment. "Student reader" pages provide background information about crystal growth. Student worksheets may be used to assess student learning.

Crystal Growth and Buoyancy-Driven Convection Currents [156KB PDF file]

This lesson plan is part of the Microgravity Educator Guide.