Interference pattern of oil on water

Interference pattern of oil on water

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Credit: DR KEITH WHEELER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Interference pattern of colours caused by light reflected off a thin film of oil floating on water. The effect seen here is a result of decomposing organic matter leaving behind oily residues in a shallow water pool.

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