Sea Foam Inundates Australia Coast

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An inundation of sea foam blanketed Australia’s Sunshine Coast over the weekend after high winds whipped up the fluffy brew from the ocean and deposited it on land.

In some cases the foam reached three meters high (9 feet) causing a bemusing scene as cars tried to navigate the foamy mix.

Foam forms when water full of organic matter, either from runoff or algal blooms, is churned and highly agitated. The proteins and fatty lipids act as surfactants, like laundry detergent, creating a thick sudsy residue.

via Yahoo! News

IMAGE: Video screen grab from ITN News

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