And although beach bums won't notice it, the toxins in the mixture actually penetrate wet skin faster than dry skin. The only known way to detect their presence is with UV light, which is how James H. "Rip" Kirby III, of the University of South Florida, conducted much of his research.Also read:
That means that most of the sites sampled (26 of 32) had concentrations of the organic pollutant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, or PAH, above levels that the National Institutes of Health and Occupational Health and Safety Administration consider carcinogenic. PAH has been found in surface layers of the beaches and in lower layers of sediment, where it could potentially lead to contamination of groundwater sources, Mother Jones reports.
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