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Dust Over Baja California

Dust storms such as this one blowing across the Gulf of California and Baja on November 27, 2011 sometimes fertilize the growth of marine phytoplankton. They also can complicate the measurement of ocean color by orbiting sensors (like MODIS) that were designed, in part, with marine phytoplankton in mind.

You may click on the above Aqua MODIS image for a larger version. Still larger 7.5 megabyte and 26 megabyte versions are also available.