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Phytoplankton in Barents Sea by Norway – August 15th, 2011

74.7N 22.7E

August 15th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton in Barents Sea - August 14th, 2011

This image shows a striking green and blue phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea, between Norway’s  Svalbard Archipelago (visible at the upper left of the full image) and the Norwegian mainland. Also visible at the left edge is Bear Island (Norwegian: Bjørnøya), the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago.

When conditions are right, phytoplankton populations can grow explosively, a phenomenon known as a bloom. Blooms in the ocean, such as the one visible here, may cover hundreds of square kilometers and are easily visible in satellite images. Although a bloom may last several weeks, the life span of any individual phytoplankton is rarely more than a few days.

Phytoplankton Bloom Along Norwegian and Russian Coasts

69.4N 32.9E

September 17th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Russia – August 31st, 2012

The brighter, green and blue swirls in the otherwise dark waters of the Barents Sea indicate the presence of a large phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Norway and Russia (click here for previous images). The bright blue color may indicate a coccolithophore bloom.

Swirls of Color from Barents Sea Phytoplankton Bloom

69.4N 43.8E

September 16th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Russia – August 31st, 2012

Brilliant shades of blue and green explode across the Barents Sea and along the shoreline by the Norway-Russia border Sdue to the presence of a massive bloom of phytoplankton. Such blooms are common in the area each August (click here for previous images), although relatively clear views such as this one are rare since the Barents Sea is cloud-covered roughly 80 percent of the time in summer.

 

Paisley Patterns of Phytoplankton in Barents Sea

69.7N 32.4E

September 13th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Russia – August 30th, 2012

The green and blue paisley patterns in the Barents Sea north of Norway (left) and Russia (right) are caused by a phytoplankton bloom  (click here for previous images). Some of the darker green coloring close to the shoreline, however, is likely due to an influx of sediments from rivers flowing across northern Europe.

Phytoplankton and Sediments Off Coast of Russia – September 7th, 2012

69.3N 33.5E

September 7th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Russia – August 26th, 2012

A phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea (click here for previous images) spreads to the coast, framing the shoreline by the Norway-Russia border with turquoise hues. Moving past the Rybachy Peninsula, the northernmost part of continental European Russia (center), the Tuloma and Kola Rivers can be seen flowing into Kola Bay and then the Barents Sea. The dark green color bleeding through the phytoplankton bloom north of the rivermouth is probably due to an influx of sediments from the rivers.