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Phytoplankton by Nova Scotia, Canada – July 10th, 2010

45.0N 60.5W

July 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Sediments

Canada - July 4th, 2010

Canada - July 4th, 2010

A blue green phytoplankton bloom is present in the waters near Nova Scotia, Canada. Although phytoplankton are microscopic and thus invisible to the naked eye, when they reproduce in great numbers in a concentrated area, their presence discolors the water.

Also of note are the rusty red sediments in Cobequid Bay (right) and Cognecto Bay (left), both of which are inlets of the Bay of Fundy on the left side of the image. As the sediments disperse into the bay, the water turns from reddish to greenish in color.

Phytoplankton Bloom Still Present Off Newfoundland Coast, Canada – September 3rd, 2010

46.7N 52.3W

September 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Canada - September 1st, 2010

A phytoplankton bloom tinges the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Canada, near the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The bloom has been present near that province, as well as that of Nova Scotia, since July (click here for previous articles).

Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province of Canada. The Strait of Belle Isle separates the province into two geographical divisions, Labrador and island of Newfoundland. The province also includes over 7,000 tiny islands.

The bloom is located closest to the island of Newfoundland, which is roughly triangular. Each side is approximately 400 km (250 mi), and it has an area of 108,860 km2 (42,030 sq mi).