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Phytoplankton Still Blooming in Black Sea

44.0N 29.9E

July 6th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Black Sea – July 5th, 2012

The phytoplankton bloom that has been coloring the waters of the Black Sea over the last month (click here for previous images) continues to flourish. It is fed by the freshwater flow of water from rivers such as the Danube and the Dnieper, which deliver many nutrients that are washed into the sea from land. These nutrients support large blooms of phytoplankton. The chlorophyll and other pigments the organisms use for photosynthesis change the way light reflects off the surface, and these changes are visible in satellite imagery.

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