White Water in Waterfall
Name: Vicki T.
I would like to know , why does water turn white when it goes down a
Turbulent water looks "white" because it is scattering light of all visible
wavelengths into your eyes. This scattering occurs from a number of
sources. Water droplets (you can see this happen if you turn a garden hose
on, or even a faucet. Entrapped air (you can see this if your sink has an
aerated faucet, or even more dramatically by whipping egg whites. Egg
whites are essentially clear but when beaten turn into froth).
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