Phytoplankton bloom off the coast of South Africa •

Last update: November 17th, 2019 at 9:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows a phytoplankton bloom off the coast of South Africa.

Phytoplankton, the primary driver of life in the sea, are tiny plant-like cells that turn sunlight into food.

The abundance of phytoplankton affects the location and number of nearly all other marine life. 

This natural-color image was captured on November 14, 2018 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory



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