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The Black Sea
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The Black Sea

June 8, 2004
Phytoplankton blooms and plumes of sediment form the bright blue swirls that ring the Black Sea in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiomete (MODIS) image. Sediment flows into the sea through the vast network of rivers that empty into it. The sediment tints the water tan near the mouth of the river and green as the dirt diffuses through the water. In this image, sediment clouds the Sea of Azov in the upper right corner of the image. Two powerful rivers, the Don and the Kuban, flow into the shallow sea, depositing silt in the waters. From the upper left corner, the countries around the Sea are Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania.


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