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Scientists Discover the Biggest Seaweed Bloom in the World

The record-breaking belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico, and it is likely here to stay.


NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data courtesy of Wang, M., et al. (2019). Photo from the Florida Keys courtesy of Brian Lapointe, Florida Atlantic University. Photo from Cancun courtesy of Michael Owen. Story by Kristen Kusek, University of South Florida; edited by Michael Carlowicz. This research was funded by NASA’s Earth Science Division, the NOAA RESTORE Science Program, the JPSS/NOAA Cal/Val project, the National Science Foundation, and a William and Elsie Knight Endowed Fellowship.

Published July 8, 2019
Data acquired July 2011 - July 2018

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Aqua > MODIS
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Terra > MODIS