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Intense Green and Blue Phytoplankton Bloom Near Norway

71.7N 18.5E

August 16th, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton in Barents Sea - August 15th, 2011

The brilliant green and blue phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea, north of Norway, continues to flourish (click here for previous image). Although microscopic, phytoplankton can bloom in such large numbers that they can change the color of the ocean to such a degree that we can measure that change from space.

The ocean over regions with high concentrations of phytoplankton will appear as certain shades, from blue-green to green, depending upon the type and density of the phytoplankton population there. This bloom is greener to the north and more blue in color to the south, indicating the growth of different species or differences in density of phytoplankton in different areas.

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