White with foam

From the mountains
To the prairies
To the oceans
White with foam

God bless America
My home sweet home

When we first came to this California ocean shoreline, I was disappointed to find foam at the water’s edge in most places. Was this great resource polluted that much?

Just goes to show you how much I knew about the ocean.

Per Wikipedia: “Sea foam, ocean foam, beach foam, or spume is a type of foam created by the agitation of seawater, particularly when it contains higher concentrations of dissolved organic matter (including proteins, lignins, and lipids) derived from sources such as the offshore breakdown of algal blooms. These compounds can act as surfactants or foaming agents. As the seawater is churned by breaking waves in the surf zone adjacent to the shore, the presence of these surfactants under these turbulent conditions traps air, forming persistent bubbles that stick to each other through surface tension.”

So I’ve learned to enjoy the contrast of the white edges on deep green waves in a deep blue sea.

When the water is greatly agitated, it generates an accumulation of foam along the shore that is something to behold. This picture doesn’t do justice to the color of the white foam against the dark sand in this location…but it shows how deep the layer of foam has become on this day.DSC_9495

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