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Thick Smoke Over the Balkans from Intense Wildfire Activity – September 16th, 2012

41.3N 19.5E

September 16th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Croatia – August 31st, 2012

In the summer of 2012, hundreds of fires have been registered in Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Croatia (click here for previous images). In Croatia, where fires have been burning in Istria, on Rab and Mljet islands, near Pula in the northern Adriatic and Sibenik in Dalmatia.

The fires may have been caused by human carelessness, the custom of burning trash, and farmers burning fields for crops. In the latter two cases, fires quickly may burn out of control if winds change and the fire spreads. Macedonian authorities have also accused people wishing to cover up illegal logging sites by burning land.

Phytoplankton in Black Sea and Dust Over Iraq – July 16th, 2012

36.3N 39.9E

July 16th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Tigris/Euphrates Valley – July 13th, 2012

Two interesting phenomena can be observed in this image, which stretches from Georgia (upper right), across Turkey (center left) and Iran (center right) and the Middle East (lower half of image). Visible in the upper left quadrant is a phytoplankton bloom in the Black Sea. The bloom has been present for several weeks (click here for previous images), and now appears to be waning slightly. Visible in the lower right quadrant is a plume of dust originating in the Tigris-Euphrates Valley and blowing over Iraq.

Phytoplankton Bloom in Black Sea and Sun Glint on Mediterranean Sea

39.7N 34.9E

June 29th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Black Sea – June 26th, 2012

The big contrast in color between the Black Sea (above) and the Mediterranean Sea (below) is due to an intense phytoplankton bloom in the former and some sun glint reflecting off the latter. The phytoplankton bloom is spread throughout most of the 436,400 km2 (168,500 sq. mi) surface area of the Black Sea. Phytoplankton have been flourishing in the Black Sea since mid-May (click here for previous images).

Phytoplankton Blooming in Black Sea and Sea of Marmara

40.6N 28.2E

June 5th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton

Black Sea - June 1st, 2012

The Black Sea appears various shades of bright blue due to an intense phytoplankton bloom. No bloom is visible in the Sea of Azov to the north (visible in full image), connected to the Black Sea by the Strait of Kerch, nor in the Mediterranean Sea to the south (bottom). However, the Sea of Marmara to the southwest (visible at center left), to which the Black Sea is connected by the Bosphorus, is showing signs of phytoplankton growth.


Dust Over Iraq and Colors of Lakes Van and Urmia – June 4th, 2012

37.1N 44.4E

June 4th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Iraq, Iran, Turkey - June 1st, 2012

This image focuses on two large bodies of water: Lake Van, in Turkey (upper left) and Lake Urmia, in Iran (right). Lake Van usually appears dark blue due to its depth, with some green from sediments and algal growth in its shallower sections. Lake Urmia, however, changes color frequently (click here for more images) as it is relatively shallow and subject to more fluctuations in salt/mineral content and algal growth.

A third large lake can be seen upon opening the full image: the teardrop-shaped Lake Tharthar, in Iraq. Dust can be seen blowing near the lake, over the valley through which the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers flow.