Swirling phytoplankton bloom in the Baltic Sea • Earth.com

Last update: November 13th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a distinctive phytoplankton bloom in the Gulf of Finland.

Phytoplankton spread across hundreds and even thousands of kilometers in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans every summer.

The swirling pattern of this particular phytoplankton bloom appears to be projected from the circular motion of an ocean eddy that is pumping nutrients up from the water’s cold depths to the surface.

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

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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