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Ice and Phytoplankton in Atlantic Near Iceland

64.6N 27.2W

May 29th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Iceland - May 28th, 2012

The swirls of two very different phenomenon can be seen in the North Atlantic Ocean, near Iceland. In the upper part of the image are patterns of melting or freezing ice following the path of ocean currents. In the lower part of the image are the faint swirls of a phytoplankton bloom that is either beginning or reaching its end.

Sediments in the Bristol Channel Between Wales and Southwestern England, United Kingdom – April 9th, 2010

51.4N 3.1W

April 9th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

United Kingdom - March 5th, 2010

United Kingdom - March 5th, 2010

Sediments line the southern and western coasts of the United Kingdom, appearing densest where they flow out of the Bristol Channel, between Wales (above) and southwest England (below). The channel extends from the lower estuary of the River Severn to that part of the North Atlantic Ocean known as the Celtic Sea.

The geography of Wales accounts for less than a tenth of the total area of the UK, covering 20,758 square kilometres (8,010 sq mi). Wales is mostly mountainous, though South Wales is less mountainous than North and mid Wales.

Swirled Patterns of Sea Ice Off the Southeastern Shores of Greenland

62.6N 42.6W

April 6th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Greenland - March 5th, 2010

Greenland - March 5th, 2010

Sea ice creates a white paisley pattern parallel to the southeastern shores of Greenland. The swirled designs are created by the melting and freezing of ice in the shape of the offshore ocean currents.

The image stretches along the southeast coast down to Cape Farewell, the southernmost extent of Greenland. The cape is a headland on the southern shore of Egger Island, projecting out into the North Atlantic Ocean and the Labrador Sea.

Phytoplankton Bloom Off Norwegian Coast – August 12th, 2009

70.4N 22.1E

August 12th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Norway - August 6th, 2009

Norway - August 6th, 2009



Bright green and blue phytoplankton color the water off the northern coast of Norway, in the Norwegian Sea. The colors of the bloom are most intense by the west coast of the island of Sørøya (center).

Such blooms are common in the North Atlantic Ocean, of which the Norwegian Sea is part, and the Arctic Ocean during the summer. This is due to the long hours of sunshine that allow organisms to reproduce and feed off the nutrients that had accumulated during the short, cold days with little light of the winter months.