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Phytoplankton North of Kola Peninsula, Russia

69.6N 36.8E

September 12th, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton in Barents Sea - September 9th, 2011

The phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea Eosnap had originally observed off the northern coast of Norway can now be seen north of the coast of Russia.

This part of the bloom is located in the Arctic Circle, in the waters north of the Kola Peninsula (left central edge to center), which shares a border with Norway, and northwest of the Kanin Peninsula (right).

Phytoplankton in Barents Sea Continues to Flourish – September 13th, 2011

70.7N 36.8E

September 13th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton in Barents Sea - September 11th, 2011

The bright blue swirls in the upper left part of this image are part of a phytoplankton bloom that has been flourishing in the Barents Sea for over a month.

The bloom was initially observed by Norway, between the country’s northern coastline and the Svalbard Archipelago. It has since spread eastward and can now be seen near the Norway-Russia border, north of Russia’s Kola Peninsula and northwest of Kanin Peninsula (framed by sediments, right).

White Sea and Hazy Skies Over Lakes Onega and Ladoga, Russia

61.6N 35.5E

August 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Russia - August 4th, 2010

Despite its dark blue color, the body of water in the upper left quadrant is known as the White Sea. It is an inlet of the Barents Sea on the northwest coast of Russia. It is surrounded by Karelia to the west, the Kola peninsula to the north, and the Kanin Peninsula to the northeast.

Two other bodies of water can also be observed to the south: Lake Onega and Lake Ladoga (lower left corner). The skies over these lakes appear slightly hazy due to smoke from wildfires in other parts of Russia (click here for previous articles).

Bays and Rivermouths Along Northwestern Coast of Russia – September 29th, 2009

68.0N 45.0E

September 29th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Russia - July 28th, 2009

Russia - July 28th, 2009

Bays by Kanin Peninsula

Bays by Kanin Peninsula

Several rivermouths and bays mark the shoreline of this area of northwestern Russia.

The land features visible include the edge of the Kola Peninsula (lower left corner), part of the Murmansk Oblast, the Kanin Peninsula (east of the former) in Nenets Autonomous Okrug, and the hooked southern tip of Mezhdusharskiy Island (top center) of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

Between the Kola and Kanin Peninsulas, the Mezen River empties tan sediments into Mezen Bay, with an area of 6,630 km², part of the White Sea (see close-up for more detailed view).

On the eastern side of the Kanin Peninsula, some sediments also frame the coast of Chesha Bay (Chiosha Bay), an inlet of the Barents Sea. The bay is 84 miles (135 km) wide and 62 miles (100 km) long (see close-up).

Continuing eastward along the coast, the Pechora River spills darker brown sediments into the Pechora Sea. This 1,809 km long river runs from the Ural Mountains to Nosovaya at the shores of the sea.

Intense Phytoplankton Bloom in Barents Sea

69.6N 37.7E

August 19th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Phytoplankton bloom in Barents Sea - August 19th, 2009

Phytoplankton bloom in Barents Sea - August 19th, 2009

Close-up of phytoplankton swirls in the Barents Sea - August 19th, 2009

Close-up of phytoplankton swirls in the Barents Sea - August 19th, 2009

Phytoplankton off coast by Norway-Russia border - August 18th, 2009

Phytoplankton off coast by Norway-Russia border - August 18th, 2009

A huge, intense bloom  of bright green and blue phytoplankton is flourishing in the Barents Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean, off the northern coasts of Russia and Norway.

In the main image, the bloom is most intense in the waters above the Kola Peninsula (lower left), stretching northward, but does not reach all the way eastward to the Kanin Peninsula and Kolguyev Island (right).

The first complementary image provides a closer look at the swirled patterns of the bloom on August 19th, while the second focuses on the bloom one day earlier and further west, near the border of Norway and Russia.