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Algal Bloom off Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

January 18th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Algal bloom off Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico - November 29th, 2008

Algal bloom off Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico - November 29th, 2008

An algal bloom is visible off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Although the bloom appears quite intense, it has actually diminished since the last time we observed the area (see article).

The more yellow color suggests a great presence of sediments, particularly in the Términos Lagoon (center).

Southwest of the lagoon, two rivermouths spill dark green and brown sediments into the gulf, contrasted by the bright green of phytoplankton.

Streaks in the clouds over the region show that a strong wind was blowing out into the Gulf of Mexico. Similar streaks can be observed in the algae in the lagoon.

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