Phenomena

Green Swirls and Dark Streaks

Green phytoplankton blooms swirl through the currents of the Baltic Sea in this satellite image. Individual phytoplankton are microscopic, which makes them excellent tracer particles in the flow; together, they make the ocean’s motion visible. Look closely and you’ll see dark streaks across the images showing where ships’ wakes are disrupting the bloom. (Image credit: J. Stevens/USGS; via NASA Earth Observatory)

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