Why Do Nuclear Bombs Make Mushroom Clouds?

If you’ve ever put your feet up on a warm summer’s day and played “spot the shape in the cloud,” you might’ve seen a kangaroo, a guy preparing to facepalm, maybe a mushroom… On second thought, hopefully not that last one.

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Mushroom clouds forming over volcanoes and forest fires:

Pyrocumulus above forest fires

Brief overview of Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities

Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities are important in supernovae:

Video of Rayleigh-Taylor instability with water of different temperatures

Video of Rayleigh-Tayor instability with salt and pure water.

General (not primary) resource – University paper

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