Málaga’s ‘sea-scum’ is water, air and harmless minerals

University study was commissioned by water companies in the province

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Study debunks popular belief that floating 'sea-scum' is a form of contaminated waste residue

THE common presumption that the floating ‘sea-scum’ seen on the surface of waters along Málaga province is a form of contaminated waste residue has been dashed by the findings of a study carried out by a team of researchers from Málaga University.

Revealing the first results of the year-long investigation last week, Francisco Ignacio Franco Duro, a professor of mineralogy and crystallography at the university and head of the research team, said that 90% of the sea-scum is water and air – with the remainder “a solid residue, formed mainly by minerals”.

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