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Bloom Around the Falkland Islands
Bloom Around the Falkland Islands
November 29, 2023

Bright tints of turquoise and teal swirled in the Atlantic Ocean around the Falkland Islands in late November 2023. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of the stunning scene on November 27.

The colors come from a bloom of phytoplankton—microscopic, plant-like organisms that float in these waters year-round. When conditions are right (enough nutrients, sunlight, and proper water temperature), phytoplankton can reproduce explosively to create massive blooms that can easily be seen from space.

Here the floating blooms twist and turn with the Malvinas Current. Spun off of the Circumpolar Current of the Southern Ocean, the Malvinas flows north and east and is enriched by iron and other nutrients from Antarctica and Patagonia.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 11/27/2023
Resolutions: 1km (611.3 KB), 500m (1.4 MB), 250m (2.7 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC
 Courtesy of NASA MODIS Website

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