SeaWiFS: Black Hole in the Ocean

SeaWiFS: Black Hole in the Ocean
  • Credit:

    Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

A large area of ocean near the edge of the Patagonian Shelf was almost completely dark yesterday as can be seen in this SeaWiFS image. The responsible phytoplankton community must differ substantially -- either in species composition, total biomass, vertical distribution, or some combination of the three -- from those in the surrounding more brightly-colored waters.

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  • Data Date:

    November 7, 2000
  • Visualization Date:

    November 8, 2000
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration