Phytoplankton bloom southeast of Greenland

Phytoplankton bloom southeast of Greenland
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Swirling clouds of phytoplankton bloom in the northern Atlantic Ocean southeast of Greenland. Phytoplankton thrive in cold, nutrient-rich water, and when they multiply in significant numbers, the “clouds” they form can be seen from space, as shown here. This true-color Aqua MODIS image was acquired on July 6, 2003.

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  • Data Date:

    July 6, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    July 7, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration