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A paper published in 2012 in Soft Matter describes a more in-depth view of the Archimedes principle, which the authors call the Generalized Archimedes Principle . The Archimedes principle as it is typically used can only be used as an approximation in many instances of studying sedimentation profiles, while the generalized principle can account for phenomena such as denser particles floating on top of a light fluid. The authors' key point lies in the density perturbations that are induced by the particles suspended in the fluid, which is not taken into account in the traditional use of the Archimedes principle, and a new approach to the Archimedes principle is derived.