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Gulf of Alaska

Increasing solar illumination brings increased phytoplankton growth to the Gulf of Alaska every spring, and this year is no exception. The above image was collected on May 9, 2014 during a single orbit of Aqua-MODIS. The image below was collected over several orbits the week before.



Click on the above images for broader views, or downloadthe full-resolution versions of the 9 May 2014 (15 megabytes) and 2 May 2014 (41 megabytes) images.