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Phytoplankton Blooms Off Norwegian and British Coasts – June 25th, 2009

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June 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Phytoplankton bloom in North Atlantic Ocean - June 24th, 2009

Phytoplankton bloom in North Atlantic Ocean - June 24th, 2009

Bloom off southern Norwegian coast

Bloom off southern Norwegian coast

Bloom off southwestern Norwegian coast

Bloom off southwestern Norwegian coast

Spring phytoplankton blooms continue to flourish in the North Atlantic, coloring the ocean waters bright green and turquoise. The main image gives an overview of various blooms off the coasts of the United Kingdom and Norway.

The first two close-ups focus on blooms off the coast of Norway. In the image of the southwestern coast, one intense area is light blue in color with a light green patch in the center, while the other is darker green, indicating greater concentrations of different types of phytoplankton.

The final close-up focuses on a bloom off the coast of the Outer Hebrides Archipelago, part of Scotland. The bloom is more intense off the western coast than the eastern and southern coasts. It also reaches down to Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a more intense area midway. Another concentrated area is off the Scottish coast, between the mainland and the Isle of Skye.

Bloom near Outer Hebrides

Bloom near Outer Hebrides

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