Tuesday, September 27, 2005

'Milky Seas' Detected from Space

BBC - Mariners over the centuries have reported surreal, nocturnal displays of glowing sea surfaces stretching outwards to the horizon. Little is known about these "milky seas" other than that they are probably caused by luminous bacteria. But the first satellite detection of this strange phenomenon in the Indian Ocean may now aid future research. The observation is described by a US team in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


The glowing sea covered an area of 15,400 sq km - about the size of the US state of Connecticut - and was observed over three consecutive nights, with the first night corroborated by a ship-based account... There have been 235 documented sightings of milky seas since 1915 - mainly concentrated in the north-western Indian Ocean and near Java, Indonesia.

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