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April 13, 2011 / leonie

Carpinteria revisited

As I mentioned in an earlier post about our visit to Carpinteria, we went to the beach and found asphalt oozing to the surface. This is a natural phenomena and occurs where oil from an underlying oilfield comes to the surface via fissures. The lighter components in the oil biodegrade and the heavier asphalt is left over.

This photo is a close up of such a asphalt ‘ooze’. The shiny sections are asphalt that just reached the surface while the asphalt of the duller sections has been on the surface for a little longer, it already formed a harder crust.

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