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Phytoplankton Bloom North of Norway-Russia Border – August 11th, 2012

71.5N 30.6E

August 11th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Russia – August 10th, 2012

Visible off the coast by the Norway-Russia border are the paisley patterns of an intense phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea (click here for previous images). The bloom appears most intense to the north, where it has an opaque, milky teal color, while the spirals visible closer to the coast tend to be more turquoise and less intense. These differences may be due to factors such as different species of phytoplankton, the presence of the tiny organisms at different depths in the water, ocean currents, increased or decreased growth rates, etc.

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