Recently, residents of the Indian city of Chennai in drovesfled to a local beach called Marina. Adults and children observed an amazing natural phenomenon when the coast was covered with lush white foam. Despite the fact that a pungent odor emanated from the resulting foam, adults could not prevent the children from playing with her and taking selfies against her background. As it turned out, people were categorically forbidden to approach these lush “clouds” because they consisted of waste from local drug manufacturers. Now children and some adults are at risk of suffering from skin diseases, and local fishermen are suffering losses because people consider fish caught in these parts to be poisoned. But how did it happen that the waste fell on the shores of the longest beach in India?
The thing is that recently in South Asianheavy rain fell on the country. Because of them, the wastewater treatment facilities were filled to the brim and the water contaminated with chemicals fell into the Adyar River basin. From there, all this mishmash from hazardous to human and animal substances was transferred to the Bay of Bengal, which washes the Indian beach. Hitting the shore, the chemicals contained in the water began to form lush foam, which surprised the locals.
What harm can poisonous foam do?
The most hazardous substances in this foamso-called phosphates are considered. They are actively used in the manufacture of detergents to reduce water hardness. Also, these substances are part of some drugs, so there is nothing surprising in the fact that drug manufacturers became the primary sources of pollution.
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Phosphates are considered hazardous to human health.substances, therefore their allowable amount in detergent formulations is strictly limited. It is known that they quickly destroy the protective layer of human skin and can cause the development of skin diseases. In addition, through the pores of the skin, phosphates can easily enter the human blood and change the level of hemoglobin and other vital elements in the human body.
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In addition to the poison foamhuman health, even fishermen suffered because of it. Due to heavy rains, they were forbidden to go into the clear sea, and fishing on the beach is risky for both the fishermen themselves and the buyers of seafood. According to ScienceAlert, some fishermen cannot make a profit even for clean fish, because people think it is poisonous. One of the sellers shared that because of this, his income dropped to zero.
Unusual natural phenomena
In general, this is not the only unusual naturalphenomenon in the world lately. In mid-November, we already said that the inhabitants of Finland found ice on the shore of the Gulf of Bothnia in the form of soccer balls. Fortunately, unlike the foam on the shores of Indian Chennai, this natural phenomenon did no harm to people.
Glaciologists studying the natural ice of our planetexplained that perfectly round balls of ice are formed under certain weather conditions with moderate air temperature, wind strength and the presence of small grains of sand on the surface of the water. You can read more about this natural phenomenon in our material.