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"Milky Sea" Phenomenon Confirmed in Satellite Photos

 
 
Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 04:55 pm
Mystery Ocean Glow Confirmed in Satellite Photos

http://i.livescience.com/images/051004_milky_sea_02.jpg

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Mariners have long told of rare nighttime events in which the ocean glows intensely as far as the eye can see in all directions.

Fictionally, such a "milky sea" is encountered by the Nautilus in Jules Verne classic "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."

Scientists don't have a good handle what's going on. But satellite sensors have now provided the first pictures of a milky sea and given new hope to learning more about the elusive events.

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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 05:00 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Interesting that Jules Verne could write convincingly about so many things he never personally witnessed.
I have 0 insight into the milky phenomonen.
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old europe
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 05:09 pm
@Robert Gentel,
250k??? Wow! That's friggin' huge!

I've seen bioluminescent bacteria glowing in the North Sea.... limited to where the waves would break on the shore, though. Nothing in comparison, but still stunning!

Can't imagine what it would look like if the whole Ocean would actually glow.... I mean, if the glowing is actually caused by those bacteria... Seems the jury is still out on that one...

Crazy.
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 05:12 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Looking forward to more info on this as we they it.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 05:27 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Thus explaining the bermuda triangle ...

(kidding, kidding)
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 10:06 pm
@Robert Gentel,
If all these events are as visible on satellite as this one was, they shouldn't be hard to find (and study).

Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 10:29 pm
@rosborne979,
I was thinking about that. I got the impression that it happens so infrequently that it's hard to catch.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 3 Sep, 2008 05:11 am
@Robert Gentel,
Maybe, but this last one showed up three days in a row. Plenty of time to send a ship over there and take water samples. Also, it would be nice of them to get some really good film of the event, for our viewing pleasure Smile

Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 02:38 am
@rosborne979,
The images were from 1995, and the connection to the eyewitness reports of the milky sea were made this year.

So it was a little late to get a ship out there.
Francis
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 02:45 am
@Robert Gentel,
I've been hearing and reading about this phenomenon for years.

Looks like it's pretty well documented by now:

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In 1985 a research vessel in the Arabian Sea took water samples during milky seas. Their conclusions were that the effect was caused by the bacteria Vibrio harveyi.



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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 7 Sep, 2008 08:36 am
The closest I could find for a photo...
http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/3636/821464967b5289c9aeeof6.jpg
By rosborne979
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Diest TKO
 
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Reply Thu 5 Feb, 2009 11:55 pm
All I could think about when looking at a the photos was that it happened over off the coast of Somalia and that fighting pirates just got even cooler...

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