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Phytoplankton in North Sea Between UK and Norway

59.6N 0.2E

June 11th, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton

UK - June 10th, 2011

A  bright green and blue phytoplankton bloom colors the dark waters of the North Sea, between the United Kingdom (lower left) and Norway (upper right).

Such blooms are “explosions” of a phytoplankton population that occur when sunlight and nutrients are readily available to the plants, and they grow and reproduce to a point where they are so dense that their presence changes the color of the water in which they live.

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