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Phytoplankton by Falkland/Malvinas Islands

52.9S 60.2W

October 17th, 2010 Category: Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton by Falkland/Malvinas Islands - October 12th, 2010

A faint blue phytoplankton bloom lies in the ocean to the south of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Phytoplankton are microscopic one-celled organisms, but when they reproduce rapidly and in great numbers, their mass appears as greenish or bluish patches near the darker ocean surface.

Upon opening the full image, the jagged shorelines of the two main Falkland islands and numerous small islands can be been in great detail. The islands have a coastline estimated at 800 miles (1288 km) in length in total. Some sediments can be seen near the northern coast of West Falkland (the large island to the left).

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