Attack of the Giant Sea Foam

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Poor Aussies in Sydney got nailed by a giant mixture of salts, chemicals, dead plants, decomposed fish and excretions from seaweed that whipped up into a froth by storms off Queensland. The giant sea foam buried beaches and buildings, and stretches for 30 meters out into the Pacific. The kids are apparently playing in it, trying to surf it, and dancing about having a good old time.

Read about it and see more pictures of Cappucino Beach here at the Daily Mail .

Peter Etnoyer (406 Posts)

PhD candidate at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi and doctoral fellow Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.





10 comments on “Attack of the Giant Sea Foam
  1. Wow! I had seen a picture, but thought it was ice. Someone had written a paper a couple of years back. Sea foam does increase the albedo of the ocean, and hence is a cooling climate forcing. If somehow it could be made more frequent it would help combat global warming. Of course given the immense volume of ocean (they average what something like 4KM deep), it is unimaginable that we could ever make enough soap to do so.

  2. Poor girls. Exposing themselves to weird chemicals that came from THE ABYSS. (or maybe from the sewage and factories?)

    “Scientists explain that the foam is created by impurities in the ocean, such as salts, chemicals, dead plants, decomposed fish and excretions from seaweed.”

    When they say “chemicals” they really mean “synthetic chemicals”, right? I really wonder about that part of the foam’s composition.

  3. down here in Oz we use the suffix m for metres, not miles, the foam only extended to sea for 30 metres NOT 30 miles ( a fantastic idea though – just think about sailing through it)

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