Last update: August 17th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a brightly colored phytoplankton bloom in the Norweigan Sea.
As the days get longer and hotter in the northern hemisphere, blooms of phytoplankton emerge in the ocean.
This particular bloom in the waters off the coast of Norway likely contains an abundance of Emiliania huxleyi, which is a species of coccolithophore with white scale-like shells made of calcium carbonate.
The image was captured on June 5 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory