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Phytoplankton Bloom South of Iceland

63.6N 16.6W

June 4th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Iceland - June 1st, 2012

A phytoplankton bloom can be seen in the waters south of Iceland, giving the North Atlantic swirls of greenish-blue color. Such blooms are common in the North Atlantic in late spring. This is because warm, less dense water stays near the surface, where there are abundant nutrients and sunlight, permitting phytoplankton to reproduce and grow rapidly (click here for previous images of phytoplankton blooms near Iceland).

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