The Benguela Current off the southwestern coast of Africa • Earth.com

Last update: June 18th, 2019 at 9:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the Benguela Current off the southwestern coast of Africa.

The Benguela Current flows up the coast of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa and mixes with water from the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. This causes warm surface waters to be pushed away from the coast, prompting colder, nutrient rich waters to rise up. As a result, these waters are some of the most biologically productive in the world.

This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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