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Arabian Sea in Bloom

The northeast monsoonal winds carry haze and dust from the Asian continent across the northern Indian Ocean in winter. This makes remote sensing of ocean color there difficult. On January 14, 2018, the Aqua/MODIS radiometer was nevertheless able to detect the massive phytoplankton blooms that are once again filling much of the surface water of the Arabian Sea.

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