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Green Phytoplankton and Islands in the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania

19.3N 16.2W

April 22nd, 2010 Category: Phytoplankton

Mauritania - March 5th, 2010

Mauritania - March 5th, 2010

The bright green waters of the Bay of Arguin, or Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, are caused by the phytoplankton which thrive in its nutrient-rich offshore waters. The bay is mostly shallow and contains many tidal flats.

An island is visible in the lower sections of the bay. This is Tidra, the largest island in the Banc d’Arguin at 18 miles long and 5 miles wide. The island is part of the Banc d’Arguin National Park. Another smaller island, Kiji, can be seen just off Tidra’s western shores.

Less Phytoplankton Growth in Bay of Arguin, Mauritania

20.6N 16.4W

October 25th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Mauritania – October 22nd, 2012

The usually neon green phytoplankton growing in the waters of the Bay of Arguin, off the coast of Mauritania, are a bit dimmer in this fall image. The bay is located south of Cap Blanc, north of Cap Timiris, and contains the islands of Arguin and Tidra, as well as the 12,000 km² Banc d’Arguin National Park.

Dust Blowing Off Coast of Mauritania and Western Sahara – January 29th, 2012

20.6N 16.4W

January 29th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

Mauritania - January 19th, 2012

Dust from the Sahara Desert blows off the coast of Western Sahara and Mauritania and over the Atlantic Ocean. This giant crescent-shaped dust plume spans several hundred kilometers. Here, the dust appears to be blowing southwestward off the coast of Mauritania, but northwestward off the coast of Western Sahara.

Visible through the veil of dust is the Bay of Arguin, or Banc d’Arguin, is a bay on the Atlantic shore of Mauritania. It is south of Cap Blanc, north of Cap Timiris, and contains the islands of Arguin and Tidra. The bay contains the 12,000 km² Banc d’Arguin National Park.

Bright Green Phytoplankton in Bay of Arguin, Mauritania

20.2N 16.6W

November 21st, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton

Mauritania - November 20th, 2011

The Bay of Arguin, or Banc d’Arguin, is a bay on the Atlantic shore of Mauritania. It is south of Cap Blanc, north of Cap Timiris, and contains the islands of Arguin and Tidra. The bay contains the Banc d’Arguin National Park.

The Bay of Arguin is an area of over 10,000 km2 of shallow water and tidal flats between the Sahara and the upwelling system off the Mauritanian coast. Hydrographically, the bay can be characterized as a large-scale negative estuary with higher salinities near the shore, whose ecosystem is fueled by nutrients and organic matter derived from the upwelling area. Phytoplankton feeding on these nutrients and organic matter give the bay its bright green color.

Green Waters of the Bay of Arguin, Mauritania

20.7N 17W

November 4th, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton

Mauritania - November 4th, 2011

The Bay of Arguin, or Banc d’Arguin, is a bay on the Atlantic shore of Mauritania. It is south of Cap Blanc, north of Cap Timiris, and contains the islands of Arguin and Tidra. The bay contains the 12,000 km² Banc d’Arguin National Park.

The Banc d’Arguin National Park lies in Western Africa on the west coast of Mauritania between Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. The World Heritage Site is a major breeding site for migratory birds. The surrounding waters, here appearing green from algal growth, are some of the richest fishing waters in western Africa and serve as nesting grounds for the entire western region.