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Phytoplankton Bloom Southeast of Greenland
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Phytoplankton Bloom Southeast of Greenland

March 1, 2013
Swirling clouds of phytoplankton bloom in the northern Atlantic Ocean southeast of Greenland. Phytoplankton thrive in cold, nutrient-rich water, and when they multiply in significant numbers, the “clouds” they form can be seen from space, as shown here. This true-color Aqua MODIS image was acquired on July 6, 2003. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC