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Large Cloud Vortex North of Scandinavia

71.9N 31.6E

August 27th, 2009 Category: Clouds

Large Vortex North of Scandinavia - August 26th, 2009

Large Vortex North of Scandinavia - August 26th, 2009

Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton

A large cloud vortex swirls over the Barents Sea, north of Norway, Finland and parts of Russia. A vortex is a spinning, often turbulent, flow of fluid whose speed and rate of rotation are greatest at the center, and decrease progressively moving outwards.

The area of convection partially covers a sizeable phytoplankton bloom that has been flourishing in the area for over a week (click here for previous article). The close-up focuses on a part of the bloom that is visible between the bands of clouds.

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