Swirling Phytoplankton in the Black Sea

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Blue swirls of phytoplankton in the Black Sea, imaged from space.
The blue swirls of phytoplankton in the Black Sea (image credit: NASA).

Around this time of year, the Black Sea blooms with a massive growth of phytoplankton. This particular species of phytoplankton known as coccolithophores, are plated with white calcium carbonate, making the bloom very easy to see from space. NASA's Aqua satellite gathered these data.

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Swirling Phytoplankton in the Black Sea
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