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One of the most beautiful #photos of a plankton bloom / taken by #NASA satellite.

A NASA satellite has sent down an image of a phytoplankton bloom stretching across the Barents Sea , located north of Norway and Russia. The bloom is over 500 miles long and several hundred miles wide. While it is a common occurrence for the area during August, it is rare to get such a spectacular view. As Yale e360 writes, "The milky blue color suggests the presence of coccolithophores, a microscopic plankton containing white calcium carbonate, which when viewed through ocean water appears bright blue. In the Arctic, the annual spring phytoplankton blooms, triggered by melting sea ice, play a key role in the region's marine ecology." There are many types of phytoplankton, but coccolithophores are a type that create a calcite shell, the remains of which form chalk. It is this calcite shell that has had researchers watching this type of phytoplankton more closely, due to th...

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