04 Feb '18, 3pm

Tendrils of Sediment in the Caspian Sea

Many aspects of the Caspian Sea are in flux: water levels rise and fall over the decades, while ice cover and algae blooms come and go on seasonal timeframes. But along the sea’s southeastern side, off the coast of Turkmenistan, one feature shows up year-round in almost every cloud-free satellite image. The Caspian is marked by colorful swirls of perpetually turbid seawater. On January 9, 2018, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of coastal Turkmenistan. (Part of Iran is visible at the bottom of the image.) Surface winds help mix the water and stir up bottom sediments that impart a milky color. The area of the sediment plume almost exactly mirrors an area of so-called “marine shallows.” Stretching 200 kilometers north to south and up to 120 kilometers west from the shore, this shallow-bottomed part of the ...

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Tendrils of Sediment in the Caspian Sea

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