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North Atlantic Spring Bloom

North Atlantic Spring Bloom

Every year during the boreal spring the phytoplankton biomass inthe North Atlantic Ocean increases in bloom events. Much of this activity is hidden from ocean color sensors by cloud cover, but sometimes large areas go cloud free as happened on April 26, 2013 when the VIIRS sensor captured this scene of the bloom.

Click on the above scene for a broader view with a hemispherical context image.