Why is asphalt, a nonreflective material, look shiny almost like glass in certain lighting and viewing angles? Note: some examples can be seen on F1 tracks where asphalt patches appear reflective.

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Why is asphalt, a nonreflective material, look shiny almost like glass in certain lighting and viewing angles? Note: some examples can be seen on F1 tracks where asphalt patches appear reflective.

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Snells Law. The angle is so acute that light from only the top most surfaces make it to your eye, making it seem like a smooth surface.