Although organisms obey the same physical laws as inanimate objects the evolutionary implications of these laws are often neglected. Physical factors influence the fitness value of traits and play an important role in the course of evolution. These are the areas of investigation that interest us.
These colorful swirls show sediment and organic matter carried into the Arctic Ocean. Like dyes or tracer particles in a lab experiment, this run-off reveals the complicated patterns of mixing where freshwater and salt water mix. Delicate as they appear, these eddies are tens of kilometers across. Zoom in on the full resolution image to really appreciate the details, like the feathery edges between layers. (Image credit: N. Kuring; via NASA Earth Observatory)