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Algae Makes Currents off Mexican Coast Visible

February 12th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Algae along Mexican coast - February 7th, 2009

Algae along Mexican coast - February 7th, 2009

This stretch of the Mexican coast along the Gulf of Mexico in the states of Campeche (northeast) and Yucatan (southwest), is experiencing a phytoplankton and algal bloom.

This area had previously been observed using an image from late November, in which there was a similar amount of phytoplankton present. (Please click here to compare the images).

The algae is particularly concentrated and bright green in the Términos Lagoon. Some sediments are present along the coastline just west of the lagoon.

Further north, upon opening the full image, some interesting wave patterns can be seen, traced in the algae. The algae makes it possible to observe the water currents, usually invisible to the naked eye.

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