Last update: July 7th, 2020 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a colorful display in the Mediterranean Sea between the island of Elba and the mainland of western Italy.
Sediment deposits outline the water currents and whirlpools near the coast, while phytoplankton are likely present as well.
According to Aida Alvera-Azcárate, an ocean scientist at the University of Liège, sediment is primarily transported to the Mediterranean Sea by large rivers along the north Italian coast.
The image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on December 26, 2019.
Image Credit: NASA