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convection cell

noun, Physics.
1.
a distinct volume of circulating fluid, in a fluid medium under gravity, that is heated from below and cooled from above: usually found in large groupings.
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a self-contained zone in which warmer air in the center is pushed upward and is balanced by the downward motion of cooler air on the periphery

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