Phytoplankton Bloom in Georgia
January 22, 2004
The white, snow-covered outline of South Georgia Island is dwarfed by several large icebergs in this true-color Terra MODIS image. The icebergs drifted north from Antarctica, which is about 1000 miles south of the island. Several smaller icebergs also salt the South Atlantic Ocean around the island. To the north, expansive swirls of blue and green mark out the location of a large phytoplankton bloom. These microscopic plants thrive in the cold, nutrient-rich water near the southern tip of South America, located just 1340 miles east of South Georgia Island. The chlorophyll-producing plants color the ocean blue and green in satellite imagery. The image was acquired on January 16, 2004.
Topics: Environment, Planktology, Biological oceanography, Aquatic ecology, Chlorophyll, Phytoplankton, Iceberg, Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Antarctica