Phytoplankton bloom and sediments along the coasts of New Zealand
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.