Last update: February 19th, 2020 at 8:00 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.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory