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Blue Coast

During my recent road trip with my folks to the Big Sur area I was plagued by the question: "Why is the water so blue along the central California coast whereas on the northern California coast the water often appears to be gray or brown?"

The short answer: calmer water that doesn't stir up a lot of sediment + low phytoplankton + low chlorophyll = very clear, thus very blue water.

Vista point south of Carmel
vista pt2

This is the Carmel River State Beach.
carmel river beach


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Oct. 29th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
goodness. that last photo looks more like the SOUTH pacific, not our pacific. Gorgeous emerald colors.
Oct. 29th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
It looks like Hawaii water to me.
Oct. 29th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)
I have that vista point shot hanging on my wall. I love the color of the water.
Oct. 30th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Blue water
Wow! Thanks for figuring that out for us! Great pictures, great vacation, great daughter! Love you lots, Mom
Oct. 30th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Blue water
The question is now - "Why is there less phytoplankton in the water along the central coast?"

I could research it but my brain hurts.
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