SeaWiFS: Phytoplankton Bloom in the Celtic Sea

SeaWiFS: Phytoplankton Bloom in the Celtic Sea
  • Credit:

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

SeaWiFS provided a cloud-free view of a large phytoplankton bloom in the Celtic Sea in this image captured on May 21, 2001. The brightness of the water suggests that this may be a coccolithophore bloom. The bloom, which looks a bit like a stylized "F" and "e" tipped over backwards, covers an area roughly 35,000 square kilometers (approximately 13,000 square miles).

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  • Data Date:

    May 21, 2001
  • Visualization Date:

    May 21, 2001
  • Sensor(s):

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