Friday, January 7, 2011

NASA Aqua Image: Argentine Phytoplankton bloom

Off the coast of Argentina, two strong ocean currents recently stirred up a colourful brew of floating nutrients and microscopic plant life just in time for the Southern Hemisphere's summer solstice.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of a massive phytoplankton bloom off of the Atlantic coast of Patagonia on Dec. 21, 2010.

Scientists used seven separate spectral bands to highlight the differences in the plankton communities across this swath of ocean.

Image Credit: NASA

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