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Murky Waters Around British Coastline Are Turning Tropical During Lockdown
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Murky Waters Around British Coastline Are Turning Tropical During Lockdown

While the novel coronavirus is ravaging the globe and people are locking themselves up at home to avoid getting infected, the world seems to be doing just fine without us. We have seen news from all over the world about animals invading cities and claiming them for themselves as people empty from the streets, witnessed water in Venice go crystal clear and welcome some of the wildlife back to its canals, and many more examples of nature thriving.

This time, it’s the Brits throwing some good news at us. Even though they are usually not the ones to brag about their sunny weather and tropical coastline, it seems the lockdown has done some good to their coastline near Portsmouth.

Incredible drone photos show a tropical-looking British coastline

Image credits: Solent News/Solent Sky

Even though most people would never expect tropical-looking pictures of the seaside to be coming from the Brits, they did manage to surprise us this time. Mike Woods took these incredible pictures by flying a drone over Portsmouth. He was amazed to see usually murky waters azure blue and crystal clear.

The photos of azure blue waters were taking by flying a drone over Portsmouth

Image credits: Solent News/Solent Sky

Some people believe the sea around Portsmouth has cleared up due to decreased pollution levels during the coronavirus lockdown. It’s not necessarily the case, but the locals are happy about this change despite the possibility of it being temporary.

The usually murky waters have most likely cleared up because of a decrease in pollution

Image credits: Solent News/Solent Sky

It could be pretty accurate, since the color of the sea depends largely on how many particles are in the water, so the more it is affected by car pollution, boat traffic, and other human activity, the more particles get into the water and change its hue, making it appear darker and murkier.

Pollution levels have dropped significantly in the UK due to the coronavirus lockdown

Image credits: Solent News/Solent Sky

Mike Woods, who took these aerial shots of azure blue seas near Portsmouth, said: “There has been a lot of talk about the color of the water in the area recently and I think the perception is, nature is thriving.”

“It’s phenomenal. We’ve never, ever seen the water look this clear before, it’s lovely,” said Mike Woods, who took these photos

Image credits: Solent News/Solent Sky

“It’s beautiful to see it and it looks like you are in a different country down there, it really does. It’s phenomenal,” he added. We’ve never, ever seen the water look this clear before, it’s lovely.”

However, the water could just appear cleaner with fewer people and boat traffic to disturb its stillness

Image credits: Solent News/Solent Sky

Looking at the prospects of keeping the British coastline as tropical as it looks now, it would seem people should just leave it alone for good, not only during the lockdown, as scientists explain that murky waters are caused by the concentration of particles in them.

These Google Earth images showcase how the British coastline looked before the lockdown

Image credits: Google Earth

Despite the good news about the tropical-looking British coastline, waters of Venice clearing up, and even the ozone layer fixing itself, assuming that all the environmental problems of the world will fix themselves within a couple of weeks of human inactivity and will stay fixed is a little bit over-optimistic. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy it while we can, though!

The murkiness was most likely caused by car pollution, water traffic, and human activity

Image credits: Google Earth

Here’s how people responded to the photos

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PjandBolt
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I forget who says this, but it's a powerful quote. "If you remove animals from the planet, it would die. But if you remove humans from the planet, it would flourish."

T Simmons
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is nothing to do with pollution but weather and ocean currents. The water frequently changes from cloudy to clear along the coast. Huge leaps in conclusions. Poor.

Cathelijne van Weelden
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think so too, we have areas in the Netherlands at the coast where waters can be crystal clear. And there are areas which are always murky due to currents, algea, mud... Even though water quality is high.

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David Jeu
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Murky water doesnt equal pollution. Sometimes the north sea is clear, thats change is seasonal and mostly due to changes in current and tide intensity. But that wont make for a good click bate isn't it?..

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PjandBolt
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I forget who says this, but it's a powerful quote. "If you remove animals from the planet, it would die. But if you remove humans from the planet, it would flourish."

T Simmons
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is nothing to do with pollution but weather and ocean currents. The water frequently changes from cloudy to clear along the coast. Huge leaps in conclusions. Poor.

Cathelijne van Weelden
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think so too, we have areas in the Netherlands at the coast where waters can be crystal clear. And there are areas which are always murky due to currents, algea, mud... Even though water quality is high.

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David Jeu
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Murky water doesnt equal pollution. Sometimes the north sea is clear, thats change is seasonal and mostly due to changes in current and tide intensity. But that wont make for a good click bate isn't it?..

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