Sea Foam. Photo by Elena Campos Cea (CC 2.0)

What is sea foam anyway? According to NOAA, sea foam forms when dissolved organic matter in the ocean is churned up. Well, it looks like storm Imogen has churned up some serious sea foam in France.

CityLab: Penmarch, France was inundated with “sea foam” from the powerful Storm Imogen. Strong winds – in places the tempest delivered gusts of nearly 100 mph, well above hurricane force – drove clots of foam into the air. Read more from CityLab here…

Video posted by brytho9y:

NOAA: Seawater contains dissolved salts, proteins, fats, dead algae, detergents and other pollutants, and a bunch of other bits and pieces of organic and artificial matter. If you shake a glass of ocean water vigorously, small bubbles will form on the surface of the liquid. Sea foam forms in this way – but on a much grander scale – when the ocean is agitated by wind and waves. Read more from NOAA here…

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

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