The Black Sea Changes the Color of Being a Turquoise

Connected to the Mediterranean Sea by the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara, and the Sea of Azov by the Kerch Strait

Sunset on the Black Sea at Laspi beach, Crimea - Image Credit Podvalov

Sea water in the Black Sea is not black, but it is just a common mention in countries bordering this vast ocean, because it is the same blue as the sea in general.

You know when some countries in southeastern Europe and Asia are bordering on this ocean, namely Abkhazia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine (Wikipedia). No wonder if the coastal towns in each country look so beautiful, say cities like Istanbul, Sochi, Samsun, Varna or Odessa.

This time you get a new reality there, quoting an article on the sites CNN Indonesia, today, recently a natural phenomenon that can be spelled out magically there.

It is necessary to observe directly, such as news quotes from the sites Travel and Leisure on Tuesday, June 20, when the waters of the Black Sea change color to turquoise.

At first the people around the beach felt there was something to be suspected, were the waters contaminated with waste?

But there is a more acceptable explanation after the researchers say that the change occurs because the phytoplankton plant that lives on the seabed is in bloom.

Through their observations, that the plant is blooming, and happens every summer. It turns out this year make the waters of the habitat color brighter, from the bloom season that occurred in 2012, as quoted from The New York Times.

During the bloom season, the waters become brighter even visible from outer space, and the positive impact for countries bordering the Black Sea coast is the surge in curious tourist arrivals.

As William M. Balch, a researcher from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine, said, "If you are sailing on a boat, the turquoise color is endless."

While there is another researcher from Hacettepe University in Turkey, Ahmet Cemal Saydam, as quoted by Newsweek, said that this color change is not to worry about, because it is a natural phenomenon that is still fairly reasonable.

"This is not the case because of pollution. The Black Sea is filled with micro-organism Emiliania huxleyi that "stimulates" the blossoming of phytoplankton plants. The Black Sea is endowed with this miracle."

In spite of all the things happening there, a holiday on the beach with clear blue turquoise water makes all the beach activities, including swimming in the summer becomes more fun.

Source: Ardita Mustafa - CNN Indonesia, Travel and Leisure
Image: Podvalov via Wikipedia


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