The Cargados Carajos Shoals in the Indian Ocean

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the Cargados Carajos Shoals in the southwest Indian Ocean.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the Cargados Carajos Shoals in the southwest Indian Ocean.

The Cargados Carajos Shoals, also known as Saint Brandon, are a small cluster of coralline islands that belong to the Mascarene archipelago. The shoals used to be a large volcanic island that, over time, eroded away into a coral atoll. 

This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Spectroradiometer on board the Aqua satellite just after a tropical storm passed by and stirred up sediment in the ocean. This sediment appears as green and blue swirls in the photo.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory