Phytoplankton bloom along the coast of Namibia

Phytoplankton bloom along the coast of Namibia
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

This MODIS true-color image, acquired March 4, 2002, shows a phytoplankton bloom along the coast of Namibia. Phytoplankton is a microscopic organism that utilizes chlorophyll, which sunlight reflects off of to create this intense blue-green color in the water. Also prominent in this image is the Skeleton Coast Game Park, which runs along Namibia's northern coast and here glows a beautiful coral-orange color.

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  • Data Date:

    March 4, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    March 7, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
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