||Jade Whirlpool Item 1971|
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A gather of clear molten glass is fused with virgin white powder before applying a layer of transparent jade chips.
A gather of clear casing glass is applied, sheared and twisted creating the central design element.
More casing glass is applied, furnace heated and pulled stretching the interior elements into a translucent watery vortex.
Whirlpools can be very strong, like the ones below Niagara Falls, producing a downdraft called a vortex.
The worlds five strongest vortexes are in Norway which reach speeds of 23 mph.
In 1980, a whirlpool was created on Lake Peigneur in New Iberia, Louisiana, caused by a drilling mishap.
A drill broke through the roof of a salt mine which turned the lake into a gigantic drain pulling boats and semi-trailers into the resulting vortex.