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Etosha Pan and Phytoplankton Near Namibia Coast

18.7S 16.4E

December 6th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton, Salt Flats

Namibia – December 3rd, 2012

Visible by the right edge of this image is the Etosha Pan, a large endorheic salt pan, forming part of the Kalahari Basin in the north of Namibia. The 120-kilometre-long (75-mile-long) lakebed is mostly dry mud coated with salt, as can be observed from its white color here, but after a heavy rain it will acquire a thin layer of water.

Moving westward, a faint phytoplankton bloom can be seen off the coast of Namibia, in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The bloom appears more blue in color in the left left corner, and more green to the northeast, closer to the shore.

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