Filmed by The School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, this is the FloWave Ocean Simulator, a 2.4 million liter (634,013 gallon) controllable research pool for testing devices and prototypes in wave and tidal current conditions. Inside the 5 meter (16.4 foot) deep tank, 168 absorbing wave makers line the walls, reliably simulating all kinds of water oscillations.

Watch the single and four spout tricks above. So fun!

This also reminded us of the AMOEBA (Advanced Multiple Organized Experimental Basin), a Japanese wave pool that “prints” custom shapes on the water’s surface. From 2006:

The wave generators move up and down in controlled motions to simultaneously produce a number of cylindrical waves that act as pixels. The pixels, which measure 10 cm in diameter and 4 cm in height, are combined to form lines and shapes. The device is capable of spelling out the entire roman alphabet, as well as some simple kanji characters. Each letter or picture remains on the water surface only for a moment, but they can be produced in succession on the surface every 3 seconds.

Related DIY: How to make your own wave machine physics demo. Plus: Sound waves passing around & through mercury.

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