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Phytoplankton Bloom Still Present Between Valdés Peninsula and San Jorge Gulf, Argentina

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December 14th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Argentina – December 13th, 2012

Over two months after its first appearance, a phytoplankton bloom is still visible off the coast of Argentina (click here for previous images). The teal green bloom is situated between the Valdés Peninsula (above) and the San Jorge Gulf (below). Some darker blue strands can be seen east of the main bloom, particularly upon opening the full image.

Phytoplankton in San Matías Gulf and Near Valdés Peninsula, Argentina

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November 5th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Argentina – November 4th, 2012

A green and blue phytoplankton bloom continues to flourish off the coast of Argentine Patagonia (click here for previous images of the bloom). Also visible here is some blue phytoplankton growth in the San Matías Gulf (upper left), an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean bordered by the Río Negro Province to the north and west, and the Valdes Peninsula of the Chubut Province to the south.

Phytoplankton Bloom Between Valdés Peninsula and San Jorge Gulf, Argentina

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October 29th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Argentina – October 28th, 2012

A brilliant green and blue phytoplankton bloom graces the waters off the coast of Argentina. The differences in color are likely due to different species of phytoplankton. The plume is located in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the Valdés Peninsula and northeast of the San Jorge Gulf.

Phytoplankton Trailing Off Valdes Peninsula, Argentina

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August 23rd, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Argentina – August 21st, 2012

The green stain spreading northward and northeastward from the Valdes Peninsula, on the eastern coast of Argentine, is probably due to a mix of sediments and phytoplankton growth. Differences in color may be due to variations in concentration and species of the tiny organisms.

Phytoplankton Near Valdés Peninsula, Argentina

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April 22nd, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Argentina - April 14th, 2012

While sediments frame the Argentine coastline near Bahía Blanca in the upper right quadrant of this image, the green coloring near the right edge and center of the image is caused by the growth of phytoplankton. These tiny microscopic organisms are invisible to the naked eye until they begin to reproduce in great numbers due to high concentrations of nutrients, thus giving the ocean waters a green or blue stain.

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