Sometimes god puts in some extra effort into nature , making the place look magical. Bioluminescent beaches or glow in the dark beaches( as they are commonly known) make the place look magical. Although the phenomenon can be scientifically explained by bioluminescence , I stilled am in awe of its magical beauty.
The word bioluminescence simply explains any chemical reaction that produces light. It take place inside a living organism. Another important fact is that this reaction produces minimum thermal energy or heat, giving it yet another name of “cold light”.
Most bioluminscent organism are native to ocean and some like firefly and certain fungi to land. Almost no organism has been found habituating in fresh waters till date. Lets move on to the chemistry behind bioluminescence.
CHEMISTRY BEHIND BIOLUMINESCENCE
The chemical reaction that results in bioluminescence requires a substrate Luciferin and a catalyst . Chemically speaking it is a rearrangement of luciferin that produces a compound capable of producing light.
Bioluminescence is being studied by scientists for its use in future experiments. For example GFP is being used as a reporter gene that when attached to other gene allow to trace and monitor their expression.
Their could be other uses of bioluminscence , for instance we could use them to light up tress, to light up the roads at night. or could be used in crops as an indicator of stress, thereby helping farmers . Bioluminescence can be used in molecular biological studies or to study chemical reactions in human or animal bodies.
Well, they can help enlighten us for sure.
So when you plan your next vacation make sure you keep in mind the glowing beaches.
Let me make it easier for you.
11 Glowing Beaches And Bioluminescent Bays In The World
- Puerto Mosquito, Vieques, Puerto Rico
- Manasquan Beach, NJ
- Springbrook Park, Australia
- San Juan Island, Washington, U.S.
- Halong Bay, Vietnam
- Big South Fork, TN/KY
- Torrey Pines Beach, San Diego, CA
- Ton Sai, Krabi, Thailand
- Toyama Bay, Japan
- Reethi Beach, Maldives
- Waitomo, New Zealand