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Sediments and Phytoplankton Trail by Rio de la Plata Estuary – July 7th, 2012

35.9S 57.3W

July 7th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Rivers, Sediments

Argentina – July 5th, 2012

Dark tan sediments from the Uruguay and Paraná Rivers fill the Rio de la Plata Estuary; darker tan sediments can also be observed lining Samborombón Bay, the crescent-shaped bay to the southeast. A greenish trail is also visible in the Atlantic in an almost diagonal line from the shores of Buenos Aires province, due northeast, towards Uruguay. This trail is likely caused by sediments and phytoplankton growth around them, as they are rich in nutrients.

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