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New Zealand

The patchiness exhibited by phytoplankton communities around New Zealand in the above image provides the raison d'être for satellite remote sensing of ocean color; a whole fleet of ships, drifters, gliders, and buoys could not capture this variability before it morphed into a new pattern.

Click on the above VIIRS image collected on October 7, 2015 to download a larger version of the image.