Bright Water Off Newfoundland

Bright Water Off Newfoundland

A large coccolithophore bloom off the southern coast of Newfoundland colored the normally dark North Atlantic waters a bright turquoise on July 29, 2002. There appears to be another, perhaps larger bloom of a different type of phytoplankton to the southeast of Newfoundland, mostly obscured by clouds in this image. There are also quite a few airplane contrails visible along Newfoundland’s west coast. This true-color scene was acquired by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS), flying aboard the OrbView-2 satellite.

To learn more about coccolithophores, read the NASA fact sheet, or check out the feature article entitled Changing Currents Color the Bering Sea a New Shade of Blue.

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  • Data Date:

    July 29, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    July 30, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS


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