Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at a plankton bloom in Washington’s Hood Canal.
The plankton bloom flourished so much that it turned the waters of the Hood Canal, located in the Pacific Northwest, into a blueish green that more closely resembles the waters of the Caribbean Sea.
The Hood Canal is a fjord that extends off of Puget Sound. It measures 213 miles in length and 1.5 miles in width, with an average depth of 177 feet. Also the Plankton bloom turns Washington’s Hood Canal a Caribbean blue.
This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite.
Hood Canal is a fjord forming the western lobe, and one of the four main basins, of Puget Sound in the US state of Washington. It is one of the minor bodies of water that constitute the Salish Sea. Hood Canal is not a canal in the sense of being a man-made waterway—it is a natural waterway. Plankton bloom turns Washington’s Hood Canal a Caribbean blue as shown in image above. Hood Canal is long and narrow with an average width of 1.5 miles
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Source: NASA Earth Observatory