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Atlantic Phytoplankton Bloom off Coast of Canada

45.6N 57.8W

August 13th, 2010 Category: Clouds, Phytoplankton

Canada - July 30th, 2010

A large, bright blue phytoplankton bloom colors the waters off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Some areas in the southern and eastern parts of the bloom, best observed in the full image, appear slightly greenish. This bloom has been present over the last month (click here for previous articles).

Also visible in the full image are a series of condensation trails in the skies to the east of the bloom. Condensation trails, also known as contrails, are straight lines of clouds that form around the exhaust particles released by airplanes.