Phytoplankton bloom and sediments along the coasts of New Zealand

Phytoplankton bloom and sediments along the coasts of New Zealand
  • Credit:

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

On May 30, 2002, MODIS captured this image of the South Island of New Zealand. The coastal waters are bright with what is probably a mixture of sediment from rivers, phytoplankton, and possible suspended organic matter. Running along the western coastline, the Southern Alps are taking on their winter covering of snow.

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  • Data Date:

    May 30, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    June 1, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
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