Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Skywatch Friday No. 42: Sea of Two Color (Yin-Yang Sea)

We also have a gold mine in Taiwan.  It was in production till not too long ago.  At early 20th century, there was almost a gold rush.  The location is at the northeast corner of Taiwan.  The river that goes through the gold mine still carries a lot of minerals such as copper and iron.  When they mixed with the sea water, it forms a brown color layer about 3 meter thick that stays afloat near the river outlet.  

As you can see in the photo, the sea closer to the shore has a brown color as compares to the sea further away.  The sky was almost as blue as the ocean.

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17 comments:

Jay said...

I was going to guess that there was a raft of seaweed or algae floating there, but your explanation is much more interesting!

Pretty, too, although I suppose you might not think so, if you know it's a form of pollution.

Grace and Bradley said...

Historical record showed that the "Ying-Yang Sea" existed before the mining operation. The mining operation has stopped for 10, 20 years and the phenomenon still exist. Thus it most likely a nature occurring thing, but may still should count as pollution.

magiceye said...

that is interesting and lovely shades too!

shu said...

Interesting ... I sent your post to a friend who grew up there - she will enjoy seeing the ocean outside her old home town and perhaps some insights on the brown color.

Jay said...

Oh, thanks for the explanation. I suppose it's like the naturally colourful lakes in the geothermal reserves in NZ. Minerals do colour the water.

I wonder how the local sea life has adapted to it?

Janie said...

Interesting history of the gold mining and nice explanation of the sea of two colors.

Sylvia K said...

That's a really intersting shot! Lovely two colors, sad where they seem to have come from. Great post!

uncleawang said...

It was very interesting,I've never seen its like here in Sarawak.Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.

Alexander said...

Amazing photos! I really like the photos you have taken. They are all very beautiful. Well done!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

J said...

A beautiful shot with the colour layers.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Terific shot We live near rhe sea at Margate in England and go to count the ships most days XXX Don

Ishtar said...

What a beautiful sight, both the sky and the water!

Naturegirl said...

Yin and Yang is perfect to describe the sea here! Great photo! I enjoy seeing your world so far away from mine!

Glennis said...

Very definitely two different colours. Quite pretty. maybe it is flood waters.

kRiZ cPEc said...

Sea of more colours than one is always an amazement for me. Only that when I saw that myself, I hadn't a camera with me. thanks for sharing.

RuneE said...

It looked very special and must be fairly poisonous to anything living in the sea nearby. I hope they are doing something.

PS Thank you for the kind comment!

Tabib said...

Great colour tone.
I can see at least four different layers of blue there.

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