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Phytoplankton Blooms Gives Milky Blue Color to Barents Sea – August 9th, 2012

70.5N 44.5E

August 9th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Russia – August 7th, 2012

An opaque, milky teal-colored phytoplankton bloom colors the waters of the Barents Sea (click here for previous images), north of Russia. The milky effect is probably due to the presence of coccolithophores, a type of phytoplankton which flourish in nutrient-poor, sub-polar waters and have unique limestone (calcite) scales. This white, chalky coating can cause whitish swirls in the water, making the blues washed out with a milky hue.

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