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Phytoplankton Bloom Off Norwegian Coast – August 12th, 2009

70.4N 22.1E

August 12th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Norway - August 6th, 2009

Norway - August 6th, 2009

Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton

Bright green and blue phytoplankton color the water off the northern coast of Norway, in the Norwegian Sea. The colors of the bloom are most intense by the west coast of the island of Sørøya (center).

Such blooms are common in the North Atlantic Ocean, of which the Norwegian Sea is part, and the Arctic Ocean during the summer. This is due to the long hours of sunshine that allow organisms to reproduce and feed off the nutrients that had accumulated during the short, cold days with little light of the winter months.

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