MadSci Network: Microbiology

Subject: Glowing White-Caps on Waves at Night

Date: Fri Dec 29 18:49:01 2000
Posted by Sally Behel
Grade level: 4-6 School: Harding Academy
City: Searcy State/Province: Arkansas Country: USA
Area of science: Microbiology
ID: 978133741.Mi

What is the cause of the shimmering glow of the white-caps at night on the 
Gulf of Mexico coast at Perdido Key, Florida? In addition, the glowing 
sparkles can be seen on the beach sand at night, when the sand is 
disturbed by dragging a stick or foot through it. And finally, the glowing 
sparkles can also be seen in the ocean water at night, when it is also 
disturbed with an object or an arm dragged through it.This is a beautiful 
sight! I have always been told that it was phosphorous in the water. 
Another explanation that I have received is the presence of microorganisms.

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