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Falkland Sound Separating the Falkland Islands – March 3rd, 2011

March 3rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

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The thumbnail image focuses on the rugged coastline of the Falkland Islands (also known as the Islas Malvinas). East Falkland (Isla Soledad) is situated to the right, while West Falkland (Isla Gran Malvina) is to the left.

The two main islands are sepearted by the Falkland Sound (Spanish: Estrecho de San Carlos) is a sea strait running southwest to northeast. Other smaller islands are present in the strait.

In the full image, a faint phytoplankton bloom can be observed to the east of the islands. The very light color suggests that the bloom is either just beginning or just ending; bright colors would indicate a much higher concentration of organisms in the water.

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