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Question:
Will the Giant Red Spot on Jupiter ever dissipate?

Thank you.


Replies:
This is a good question Andy. I expect that it will dissipate over time. Any such structure in a liquid will dissipate over time due to mixing at the surface, or the dying away of teh rotational flows that make up the spot. It is likely that this dissipation wil be slow. Some of the cyclones in our atmosphere take several days or even weeks to dissipate. Maybe you could be the scientist who will decide this squestion in the future.

Samuel P Bowen



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