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Due to surface tension, bubbles may remain intact when they reach the surface of the immersive substance.
Additional recommended knowledge
Bubbles are seen in many places in everyday life, for example:
Physics and chemistry of bubbles
Bubbles form, and coalesce into globular shapes, because those shapes are at a lower energy state. For the physics and chemistry behind it, see nucleation.
The appearance of bubbles
Humans can see bubbles because they have a different refractive index (IR) than the surrounding substance. For example, the IR of air is approximately 1.0003 and the IR of water is approximately 1.333. Snell's Law describes how electromagnetic waves change direction at the interface between two mediums with different IR; thus bubbles can be identified from the accompanying refraction and internal reflection even though both the immersed and immersing mediums are transparent.
One should note that the above explanation only holds for bubbles of one medium submerged in another medium (e.g. bubbles of air in a soft drink); the volume of a membrane bubble (e.g. soap bubble) will not distort light very much, and one can only see a membrane bubble due to thin-film diffraction and reflection.
Nucleation can be intentionally induced, for example to create bubblegram art.
When bubbles are disturbed, they pulsate (that is, they oscillate in size) at their natural frequency. Large bubbles (negligible surface tension and thermal conductivity) undergo adiabatic pulsations, which means that no heat is transferred either from the liquid to the gas or vice versa. The natural frequency of such bubbles is determined by the equation:
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