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Phytoplankton Bloom Off Argentine Coast

43.8S 63.4W

October 31st, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Argentina – October 28th, 2012

East of Argentina, a phytoplankton bloom stretches across roughly 300 kilometers (175 miles) of the South Atlantic Ocean. Visible northwest of the bloom is the Valdés Peninsula, and further north, Bahía Blanca. Such blooms are common off Argentina’s coast, particularly as the spring season brings increased expore to sunlight, as the Malvinas (Falkland) Current flows northward along Argentina’s continental shelf and winds promote upwellings that bring nutrients to the surface.

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