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Algal Slicks off the Omani Coast

These algal slicks off the coast of Oman just to the southeast of Muscat reflect what appears to be the new normal in the Arabian Sea. These green slicks are accumulations of the mixotrophic dinoflagellate, Noctiluca scintillans — a protist that has been changing the ecology of the Arabian Sea in recent years.

The above Landsat 8 image was collected on March 5, 2018. Click on it to get a larger version.


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