Thursday, October 06, 2005

Glowing Water

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The above photo is of the oceanic event known as Milky Sea. As the attached article explains, the cause of this luminescent event is not completely understood. I guess those Scooby Doo episodes with glowing water were real after all.

The most likely source appears to be a combination of luminescent bacteria and something like an algae bloom.

Some of the information is below link.

Mariners have long told of rare nighttime events in which the ocean glows intensely as far as the eye can see in all directions.
The newly released images show a vast region of the Indian Ocean, about the size of Connecticut, glowing three nights in a row. The luminescence was also spotted from a ship in the area.
"The circumstances under which milky seas form is almost entirely unknown," says Steven Miller, a Naval Research Laboratory scientist who led the space-based discovery. "Even the source for the light emission is under debate."

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