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Intense Phytoplankton Bloom in Barents Sea

69.6N 37.7E

August 19th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Phytoplankton bloom in Barents Sea - August 19th, 2009

Phytoplankton bloom in Barents Sea - August 19th, 2009

Close-up of phytoplankton swirls in the Barents Sea - August 19th, 2009

Close-up of phytoplankton swirls in the Barents Sea - August 19th, 2009

Phytoplankton off coast by Norway-Russia border - August 18th, 2009

Phytoplankton off coast by Norway-Russia border - August 18th, 2009

A huge, intense bloom  of bright green and blue phytoplankton is flourishing in the Barents Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean, off the northern coasts of Russia and Norway.

In the main image, the bloom is most intense in the waters above the Kola Peninsula (lower left), stretching northward, but does not reach all the way eastward to the Kanin Peninsula and Kolguyev Island (right).

The first complementary image provides a closer look at the swirled patterns of the bloom on August 19th, while the second focuses on the bloom one day earlier and further west, near the border of Norway and Russia.

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