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The cappuccino coast: Tsunami caused by Chilean earthquake causes sea foam on Californian beaches

Here is an interesting news.

Tsunami caused by earthquake in Chile causes suds on beaches along the California, including Hollywood Beach in Oxnard. The vast quantities of sea foam are unusual mix of weather and ocean conditions which are unstable in sedimentary layers, added to the large waves created by the massive Chilean earthquake. The spume is made from protein and fat molecules created by the breakdown of phaeocystis, microscopic sea creatures. Pollution is also said to affect the sea foam where too many nutrients in the water cause large colonies of phaeocystis to form.

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  1. andrew friskon Mar 9th 2010 at 8:31 pm

    This is very interesting because I was back home for spring break (newport beach, CA) with the tennis team and the chilean earthquake heppened while were there. Our house was right on the beach and the day that the earthquake struck, we were trying to play beach volleyball and were told by the lifeguards that the beach was closed. We had not heard about the earthquake but when we returned to the house we heard about the large earthquake and probably assumed that was why the beach was closed. I did not see any of the suds but discovered first-hand that all the beaches were closed due to the chilean earthquake.

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