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Phytoplankton Bloom off California
October 17, 2002
The trees in New England aren’t the only plants awash in color this fall. NASA scientists released satellite photos showing a remarkable 700-mile long plankton bloom off the California coast. The bloom was fed by nutrient-rich water brought to the oceans surface by the coastal winds. Scientists used computers to examine the concentrations of plankton and to display the intricate swirling patterns formed by the winds and currents off of the California and Oregon coast. The images were captured by NASA’s Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) on board the OrbView-2 satellite on October 6th.
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