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Phytoplankton Northwest of Kolguyev Island and Kanin Peninsula, Russia – August 12th, 2012

69.2N 42.0E

August 12th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Sediments

Russia – August 11th, 2012

Visible north of Russia’s Kanin Peninsula and northwest of Kolguyev Island is phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea (click here for previous images). The bloom is bright turquoise near the top of the image, with a less intense yet darker blue part visible further south. In the lower part of the image, sediments can be seen in Chesha Bay (east of Kanin Peninsula and south of Kolguyev Island) and in Mezen bay (west of the peninsula).

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.

The Circular Kolguyev Island, Russia

April 6th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Russia - April 5th, 2009

Russia - April 5th, 2009

Russia’s round Kolguyev Island stands out amids the clouds and melting ice in the south-eastern Barents Sea, to the north-east of the Kanin Peninsula (left) and south of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago (top center).

The approximately circular-shaped island has a diameter of 80 km and is 4968 km2 in area. The highest point on the island is at 50 m.

The vast wetland consists of many bogs and morainic hills, covered by vegetation characteristic of the tundra. There is only one inhabited settlement on the island, Bugrino, located on the southeast coast.

Clouds and Ice off Russian Coast, Arctic Ocean

March 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Russia - March 12th, 2009

Russia - March 12th, 2009

Close-up

Close-up

Clouds make linear patterns (see close-up) over the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, off the coast of Russia.

The land visible at the bottom left is part of the Kola Peninsula in the Murmansk Oblast. The Russian mainland lies to the right, with the Kanin Peninsula jutting out just east of the Kola Peninsula.

The other landmasses visible are islands, seemingly connected to the continent by ice. Kolguyev Island is located in the south-eastern Barents Sea, to the north-east of the Kanin Peninsula.

The white, hooked strip of land coming down from the top center is actually two islands: Severny and Yuzhny, in the the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

Yuzhny, the southern island, is separated from Vaygach Island by the Kara Strait. This 56 km strait connects the Kara Sea and the Barents Sea.

In turn, Vaygach Island is separated from mainland Russia’s Yugorsky Peninsula by the Yugorsky Strait.

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