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Sediments and Phytoplankton by Argentine Coastline – April 3rd, 2012

37.9S 57.5W

April 3rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Sediments

Argentina - March 31st, 2012

Sediments and phytoplankton blooms give bright colors to the Argentine coastline. The Rio de la Plata Estuary appears opaque tan from sediments. These become darker brown along the shores of Samborombón Bay, located at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata on the Atlantic Ocean. The bay receives the Salado and Samborombón rivers, as well as other minor streams.

Trailing off the coast in a diagonal line from near the city of Mar del Plata is a plume, likely composed of a mix of sediments and phytoplankton. Further south, sediments line the shores near Bahia Blanca, and a phytoplankton bloom with a zigzag shape can be observed further offshore.

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