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The Turbulent Bering Sea

The Turbulent Bering Sea

Large blooms of phytoplankton (likely coccolithophores) surroundedthe 51-kilometer-long St. Matthew Island in the Bering Sea on October 8, 2014 when the above Aqua-MODIS image was collected. The swirls and eddies of color give some indication of the turbulent nature of these waters. The reflective blooms have been visible from orbit for a few months now.

Click on the above image to see a larger region including browner, sediment-laden waters along the coast of Alaska. A full-resolution, 10-megabyte version is also available.