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Phytoplankton Off East and West Coasts of New Zealand’s South Island

46.2S 168.0E

February 12th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Phytoplankton, Sediments

New Zealand - January 25th, 2010

New Zealand - January 25th, 2010

Sediments line the shores of New Zealand’s South Island, particularly along the west coast, spilling forth from rivers that run down from the Southern Alps. The west coast has an extremely wet climate, in contrast with some semi-arid areas in other parts of the island, such as Canterbury.

Also visible here are phytoplankton blooms, a fainter one off the west coast near the center, and a darker one off the east coast, visible by the right edge of the lower right quadrant. These blooms are farther offshore and darker blue in color than the bright green sediments along the coast.

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