Dust and Phytoplankton in Persian Gulf – March 6th, 201227.0N 51.3E
Dust blows over the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab River, at the northern end of the Persian Gulf, by the border between Iran and Iraq, and near Kuwait. It can also be seen blowing off the coast of Iran, further to the east, north of Qatar.
Visible in the Gulf itself is a large phytoplankton bloom, that stretches along the coast of the United Arab Emirates from the Strait of Hormuz (right edge) to Qatar (center). Phytoplankton blooms in the gulf are often fed by nutrients from sediments that enter the gulf from the Arabian Peninsula mainland. This bloom is more blue in color to the east and more green to the west, indicating different concentrations and/or species of phytoplankton.