Striking seawater colored by phytoplankton blooms

Today's Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the stunning colors produced by blooms of phytoplankton in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

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Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the stunning colors produced by blooms of phytoplankton in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

As the Arctic sea ice retreats each spring, the phytoplankton blooms create brilliant blue and green patterns in the water. A microscopic form of algae known as a diatom is one of the most common types of phytoplankton in the ocean, and generates radiant shades of green.

This image was captured on June 18 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory