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Algal Bloom around Hainan Island and Qiongzhou Strait, China – February 29th, 2009

February 28th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Hainan, China - February 26th, 2009

Hainan, China - February 26th, 2009

Close-up of algal bloom

Close-up of algal bloom

Close-up of Qiongzhou Strait

Close-up of Qiongzhou Strait

Hainan (literally meaning “South of the Sea”) is the smallest province of the People’s Republic of China.

The province comprises some two hundred islands scattered among three archipelagos in the South China Sea just off China’s southern coast.

However, all but three percent of its land mass is on Hainan Island,  or Hainan Dao, the large island in the main image.  It has an area of 33,920 square kilometers.

Hainan Island is  separated from Guangdong’s Leizhou Peninsula to the north by the shallow, narrow Qiongzhou Strait. The first close-up shows tan sediments and yellow-green algae collecting along its shores.

The second close-up focuses on the southwestern edge of Hainan Island, where sediments and algae are also present off the coast. As the two blend together, they form patterns showing the water movement in the area.

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