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Phytoplankton Bloom South of East Falkland – December 27th, 2011

51.9S 59.2W

December 27th, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton

falkland Islands - December 27th, 2011

The Falkland Islands (Spanish: Islas Malvinas) are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, located about 250 nautical miles (290 mi; 460 km) from the coast of mainland Argentina. This image focuses on East Falkland (Spanish: Isla Soledad). Visible in the Atlantic to the south is a blue phytoplankton bloom.

East Falkland is the largest of the Falkland Islands, with an area of 6,605 km2 (2,550 square miles) and a coastline 1,036.9 mi (1,668.7 kilometres) long. The island is almost bisected by two deep fjords, Choiseul Sound and Brenton Loch-Grantham Sound which leaves the northern portion and Lafonia in the south, connected only by an isthmus just under 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide. The island contains many smaller bays, inlets and headland.

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