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Cappuccino Coast - Massive Ocean Foam

Foam2_2 This was emailed to me and I thought that it was so bizarre that it qualified for a cosmic moment. These were taken (or so I am told) at the shoreline north of Sydney, Australia. Foam swallowed an entire beach and half the nearby buildings in a freak display of nature at Yamba in New South Wales.

Foam1The massive foam stretched for 30 miles out into the Pacific in a phenomenon not seen at the beach for more than three decades. Scientists say that the foam is created by impurities in the ocean, such as salts, chemicals, dead plants, decomposed fish and excretions from seaweed all are churned up together by powerful currents which cause the water to form bubbles.

Does this make sense to you? I am not sure it is the entire explanation.

Explore the ocean's mysteries with seven-time Emmy-winners Howard and Michele Hall, the world's foremost underwater filmmakers. Broadcast to critical acclaim on PBS: Wondrous Secrets of the Ocean Realm.


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