Phytoplankton Bloom Off Ireland

Phytoplankton Bloom Off Ireland
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz

June 2, 2006, the MODIS on the Aqua satellite captured this unique image of a phytoplankton bloom off the coat of Ireland. Swirls of phytoplankton, microscopic plants that grow in sunlit ocean surface waters, color the ocean brilliant blues and greens. The ocean normally appears black in true-color, photo-like satellite imagery. England appears to the east of Ireland. Towards the south of England, there appear to be smaller phytoplankton blooms near the coastline!

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  • Data Date:

    June 2, 2006
  • Visualization Date:

    June 7, 2006
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration