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- May 26, 2023
Patagonian Plankton Swirls As Seen From Orbit
Phytoplankton create rich blooms of color in the Atlantic Ocean near South America in this enhanced color image from Dec. 2, 2014.
The Patagonian Shelf Break is a biologically rich patch of ocean where airborne dust from the land, iron-rich currents from the south, and upwelling currents from the depths provide a bounty of nutrients for phytoplankton.
The bands of color seen here not only reveal the location of plankton, but also the dynamic eddies and currents that carry them.
Image Credit: NASA/Norman Kuring; NOAA; DOD Larger image