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Phytoplankton by Nova Scotia, Canada – July 10th, 2010

45.0N 60.5W

July 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Sediments

Canada - July 4th, 2010

Canada - July 4th, 2010

A blue green phytoplankton bloom is present in the waters near Nova Scotia, Canada. Although phytoplankton are microscopic and thus invisible to the naked eye, when they reproduce in great numbers in a concentrated area, their presence discolors the water.

Also of note are the rusty red sediments in Cobequid Bay (right) and Cognecto Bay (left), both of which are inlets of the Bay of Fundy on the left side of the image. As the sediments disperse into the bay, the water turns from reddish to greenish in color.

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