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Phytoplankton in Bering Sea Near Alaska, USA

58.6N 160.9W

August 22nd, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton, Rivers

Phytoplankton Near Alaska, USA - August 17th, 2011

A bright teal phytoplankton bloom colors the waters of the Bering Sea near the shores of Alaska, USA. Visible near the shoreline, north of the bloom, is Hagemeister Island, located on the north shore of Bristol Bay at the entrance to Togiak Bay.

Visible further north, upon opening the full image, is the Yukon River,  a major watercourse of northwestern North America. This portion of the river visible here lies in, and gives its name to, Alaska’s Yukon Territory. The river is 1,980 miles (3,190 km) long and empties into the Bering Sea at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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