Phytoplankton bloom off Nova Scotia

Phytoplankton bloom off Nova Scotia
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (top) are midnight blue in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Aqua satellite on July 2, 2003. South of Nova Scotia (center), however, bright blue swirls in the water suggest a bloom of marine organisms, perhaps a kind of phytoplankton called a coccolithophore, a single-celled plant whose chalky white covering can cause the water to appear bright blue.

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  • Data Date:

    July 2, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    July 3, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration