Mid-Atlantic Coast

Mid-Atlantic Coast
  • Credit:

    Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

This SeaWiFS image of the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast shows a lot of colored organic matter and suspended sediment in the water. Note the dark reddish patches at the mouths of the Cape Fear River and Winyah Bay. North Carolina's sounds also exhibit a fair amount of color variation. The apparent lighter color of the ocean from the Carolinas northward is caused by atmospheric aerosols which scatter incoming solar radiation back into space.

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  • Data Date:

    October 3, 2000
  • Visualization Date:

    October 3, 2000
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration