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NASA shares aerial view of phytoplankton bloom, leaves netizens in awe

While the first picture is of the Phytoplankton bloom in the Baltic sea, the second and third pictures are from the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Labrador Sea.

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Washington D.C., First Published Jul 23, 2021, 10:00 AM IST
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently shared pictures of phytoplanktons in bloom. They were shared on NASA's Instagram account which featured phytoplanktons in plumes of turquoise, green, and light blue. While the first picture is of the Phytoplankton bloom in the Baltic sea, the second and third pictures are from the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Labrador Sea.

In the caption, the space agency described phytoplankton, the tiny plant-like organisms, in detail. They also added that the images they shared were captured by Landsat 8, an American Earth observation satellite.

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A post shared by NASA (@nasa)


“During late spring through to late summer, the specific combination of water temperature, nutrients, and sunlight cause populations of these plant-like organisms to explode into enormous blooms, which can be seen here by our @NASAEarth Landsat 8 satellite. The swirls and shapes of the phytoplankton blooms are stimulated by the oceans’ complex circulation and abundant fronts – where separate water masses with distinct temperatures, salt levels and nutrients meet,” they further added.

From the time the post was shared, it has gathered more than 9.4 lakh likes and the numbers are only increasing.

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