SeaWiFS: Sediment Plumes off the Coast of Chile
Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
Plumes of river outflow are visible in this SeaWiFS image of central Chile. The sediment-laden plumes extend out about 70 kilometers into the Pacific Ocean, boosting phytoplankton production as they go. The snow-covered Andes are visible along the right side of the image. The capital city of Santiago is the grayish splotch west of the Andes at around 33.5 degrees south.