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Phytoplankton North of Scandinavian Peninsula

72.8N 24.1E

August 24th, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton in Barents Sea - August 18th, 2011

The green and blue swirled patterns in the Barents Sea, off the northern coast of Norway, are caused by a massive phytoplankton bloom. Such blooms are common in the area each August.

The area in this image is located in a region immediately north of the Scandinavian peninsula where several ocean current systems merge. These include the Norwegian Atlantic, the Persey and east Spitsbergen currents. Where they converge, they form a front known as the North Cape Current. The mixing of currents causes nutrients to rise from the deep and spread throughout the area.

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