Phytoplankton swirls through the Black Sea •

Last update: February 28th, 2021 at 12:15 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at phytoplankton swirls in the Black Sea.

This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite and is a composite of several different shots of the area.

The most common type of phytoplankton found here are coccolithophores, which cause the milky, reflective effect in the water.

“The May ramp-up in reflectivity in the Black Sea, with peak brightness in June, seems consistent with results from other years,” said Norman Kuring of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

By Rory Arnold, Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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