Feel Wind Pressure
The Golden Gate is a very breezy place, the only gap in the coast range for hundreds of miles. Cool, dense, high pressure air over the cold ocean pushes its way into the Bay and California’s interior, while the land heats up and the air over it becomes warmer, less dense, and lower in pressure. Wind force varies as the square of the velocity, a fact the visitor can intuitively sense by pushing on this exhibit. They feel how much harder it is to push with a force equivalent to a wind of various speeds. A visitor feels how hard it is to push back against a wind speed of about 60 mph / 100 kph, for example.
STATUS: Exhibit currently under repair - will eventually be displayed on the East Battery Trail.
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Funding for the project has been provided by the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, National Science Foundation. Dr. Al DeSena is the NSF project officer for this award. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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