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Phytoplankton Blooms Gives Milky Blue Color to Barents Sea – August 9th, 2012

70.5N 44.5E

August 9th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Russia – August 7th, 2012

An opaque, milky teal-colored phytoplankton bloom colors the waters of the Barents Sea (click here for previous images), north of Russia. The milky effect is probably due to the presence of coccolithophores, a type of phytoplankton which flourish in nutrient-poor, sub-polar waters and have unique limestone (calcite) scales. This white, chalky coating can cause whitish swirls in the water, making the blues washed out with a milky hue.

Brilliant Teal and Turquoise Phytoplankton Bloom in Barents Sea Off Russian Coast – August 5th, 2012

71.4N 43.7E

August 5th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Russia – August 5th, 2012

The incredible bright teal and turquoise hues visible through the clouds in this image belong to a phytoplankton bloom flourishing in the Barents Sea, off the coast of Russia. Different types of phytoplankton reflect light of different colors, therefore a multicolored bloom such as the one visible here usually contains various different species of the tiny microorganisms. Coloration is also affected by the depth of the bloom – when the tiny organisms are located deeper in the water, less light is reflected and the color may appear duller.

Phytoplankton Off Coast of Novaya Zemlya Archipelago, Russia – September 23rd, 2012

71.7N 46.6E

September 23rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Russia – September 3rd, 2012

A phytoplankton bloom was still flourishing in the Barents Sea in early September (click here for previous images). Here, the green and blue, paisley patterns of the bloom can be seen off the coast of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago (upper right). The bright blue color may be indicative of a coccolithophore bloom.

Phytoplankton Bloom Along Norwegian and Russian Coasts

69.4N 32.9E

September 17th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Russia – August 31st, 2012

The brighter, green and blue swirls in the otherwise dark waters of the Barents Sea indicate the presence of a large phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Norway and Russia (click here for previous images). The bright blue color may indicate a coccolithophore bloom.

Swirls of Color from Barents Sea Phytoplankton Bloom

69.4N 43.8E

September 16th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Russia – August 31st, 2012

Brilliant shades of blue and green explode across the Barents Sea and along the shoreline by the Norway-Russia border Sdue to the presence of a massive bloom of phytoplankton. Such blooms are common in the area each August (click here for previous images), although relatively clear views such as this one are rare since the Barents Sea is cloud-covered roughly 80 percent of the time in summer.