Oil toxins on beach seen with UV lighting — more toxic and persistent components of crude appear yellow or orange (PHOTOS)


EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Capturing Oil Toxins on Film off the Mississippi Coast, Jerry Moran via Stuart H. Smith, Esq. Blog, November 26, 2010:

From a photographer’s perspective, the experience was “illuminating,” to say the least…and the photos will show why. Ultraviolet lighting causes the more toxic and persistent components of oil to flouresce, or shine, a bright yellow or orange color. What better way to document contamination from the spill?

Toxin illuminations are clearly visible in the night photos of the walls of small trenches we dug. These images were taken in the Long Beach-Gulfport area (Latitude 30,21.1459N, Longitude 89,7.737W). The importance of these photos is that they show that even when oil isn’t visible, there are still toxins present.

Jerry Moran, via Stuart H. Smith

See more photos here.

10 comments to Oil toxins on beach seen with UV lighting — more toxic and persistent components of crude appear yellow or orange (PHOTOS)

  • xdrfox

    I bought a portable, battery powered Black-light about 3 months ago and it is shocking and no chemical test needed to see the oil on the east coast and in the river, ocean and sands. I did not have a cam that would do night shoots. It's everywhere !

  • interesting...

    Xdrfox, Where are you on the east coast? Have you been up my way with a UV light meter...in SC and VA? I have relatives in Cocoa Beach, FL...is that close to you?? Wow, to think that the water cycle causes everyone to breathe, absorb, and ingest it!! :-(

  • xdrfox

    Yes I am, Cocoa Beach is about 30 miles south. I have been keeping track of Charleston SC by Internet news there. They Had had fish kills on James Isl. and slicks of muse/oil offshore, but oil has made it to Jersey and Beyond. VOC's started coming in in May. ( The oil burning was bad ) Dispersed Oil showed up on beaches here in late June and creatures started dieing. Yes you can smell it when the wind blows or heavy dew in the mornings. My overhead car port used to be white now dirty from condensation in the mornings this summer. Yes we have been breathing it here too! How has your relatives been doing with it ?

  • Toxin illuminations are clearly visible in the night photos of the walls of small trenches we dug. I did not have a cam that would do night shoots.

  • Chemical test needed to see the oil on the east coast and in the river, ocean and sands.

  • Have you been up my way with a UV light meter…in SC and VA?

  • I did not have a cam that would do night shoots. It’s everywhere !

  • 3 months ago and it is shocking and no chemical test needed to see the oil on the east coast

  • I saw oil from teh air north of the Keys (between the Keys and the mainland) on June 1. It’s already there......

  • Always remember and never forget, we’re only allowed to believe the fox in charge of the henhouse…like the nist report on building 7. sarcastic? yes. funny?

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