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Phytoplankton Bloom Off Coast of Namibia – June 20th, 2011

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June 20th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Namibia - May 23rd, 2011

A greenish phytoplankton bloom can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia, southwest of the Namib Desert. Such blooms are common in the coastal waters off southwest Africa due to the mixing of cold, nutrient-rich currents coming north from Antarctica with nutrient-rich waters from coastal Africa.

Interestingly, phytoplankton blooms are so abundant off Namibia their decomposition often uses up the dissolved oxygen in the water, creating dead-zone where fish can’t survive.

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