Phytoplankton bloom all along the coast of Southeast United States
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
All along the eastern and southern coasts of the United States, marine plants seem impervious to the onslaught of winter weather further north. In this true-color image from January 9, 2002, phytoplankton can be seen growing in the nation's coastal waters; their characteristic blue-green swirls are especially visible off the west coast of Florida. Fire locations are marked with red dots.