Phenomena

Phytoplankton Flow Viz

Nutrient-rich waters off Patagonia in South America blossom with phytoplankton in this satellite image. When present in large quantities, these microscopic photosynthesizers lend a green hue to the water. They act as seed particles in the flow, highlighting the currents and flow that carry them. If you check out the full resolution version of the photo, you can admire the rich detail in the whorls of ocean mixing. There even seem to be Kelvin-Helmholtz-like instabilities creating trains of vortices along the interface between separate bands. (Photo credit: NASA/ASU; via SpaceRef; submitted by jshoer)

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