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Why is the Texas coast water brown?

Last Updated: 12th January, 2020

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“Generally, the water is typicallybrown in and around Galveston Bay. This is because of thingslike suspended sediment and other materials suspended in thewater,” Kristen Thyng, research assistant professor atTexas A&M University in Oceanography tells PaperCity.“The brown water isn't unhealthy or anythingbad.”

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Correspondingly, why is the ocean water brown?

Nearly the entire volume of the Atlantic Oceanwater is clear and essentially colorless (as is true of alloceans). Near shore in any ocean, if riverwater that is brown because it carries a lot ofsediment is mixing into the ocean the mixture will lookbrown until the sediment settles out.

Additionally, why is the water in the Gulf of Mexico Clear? One of the biggest reasons for murky water issuspended or stirred-up sediments, which are caused by wateraction due to storm swells or waves, or from sediments carried intothe ocean from rivers. Florida boasts beaches with crystal clearwater, both on the Gulf of Mexico and on the AtlanticOcean.

Then, where is the clearest water in Texas?

These 11 Swimming Spots Have The Clearest, Most PristineWater In Texas

  • Jacob's Well (Wimberley) Flickr/paddymurphy.
  • Flickr/paddymurphy.
  • Blue Hole (Leakey)
  • ridingriverranch.com.
  • Padre Island.
  • Barton Springs Pool (Austin)
  • Balmorhea State Park (Reeves)
  • Medina River (Bandera)

Is it safe to get in the water in Galveston?

Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) often gets askedif the water is safe to swim in, and fortunately, wehave the answer! GBF's Water Monitoring Team collectsvaluable water quality data including fecal bacteriaconcentrations at many nearshore sites around the Bay on a monthlybasis.

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