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Phytoplankton Blooms in North Atlantic – June 17th, 2009

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June 17th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Snapshots

Phytoplankton bloom near Iceland - June 14th, 2009

Phytoplankton bloom near Iceland - June 14th, 2009

Bloom near Shetland Islands - June 15th, 2009

Bloom near Shetland Islands - June 15th, 2009

Bloom off Norwegian Coast - June 15th, 2009

Bloom off Norwegian Coast - June 15th, 2009

Phytoplankton has been blooming in the North Atlantic Ocean and North Sea over the last week. The main image focuses on a sizeable bloom off the southeastern coast of Iceland. Another intense bloom flourished off the northwestern shores of Ireland.

Fainter blooms also can be observed in the North Sea off the eastern coast of the Shetland Islands Archipelago, which belongs to Scotland, and the western coast of Norway.

Such blooms are common in the North Atlantic in late spring, as warm, less dense water stays near the surface, with abundant nutrients and sunlight, permitting phytoplankton to reproduce and grow at a great rate.

Bloom off Irish coast - June 15th, 2009

Bloom off Irish coast - June 15th, 2009

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