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Photosynthetic Pigments by Land and Sea

Autumn has once again come to eastern North America and, on land, chlorophyll begins to cede its dominance to other accessory pigments in the photosynthetic apparatus thereby revealing their yellow and orange tones. Meanwhile, in the ocean and lakes, phytoplankton pigments highlight different water masses and current systems.

The above Aqua/MODIS image was collected on October 20, 2017.Click on it to get a larger version.