Phytoplankton Bloom off Denmark. Swirling green clouds of phytoplankton bloom in the North Sea, the Skagerrak, and the Kattegat straits between Norway and Denmark in this summertime image acquired on May 23, 2004, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite. Save for the highest points, Norway and Denmark glow with rich green vegetation. The blooms of phytoplankton in the water, like land-based vegetation, thrive off of sunlight, which they use to convert nutrients in the water into energy. These phytoplankton blooms tend to thrive in cold, deep water, and are fairly common at these latitudes.
Denmark , officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. Denmark proper, which is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark is constitutionally a unitary state comprising Denmark proper and the two autonomous territories in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark has a total area of 42,943 km2 (16,580 sq mi) as of 2020, and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi). Denmark proper has a population of 5.83 million (as of 2020)
Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC