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North Sea Blooms

The North Sea is a busy place with shipping, fishing, petroleum exploration, and wind energy harvesting all having their impacts in this relatively shallow arm of the North Atlantic Ocean. Amidst all this human activity, phytoplankton also live and die and show themselves in a flashy way during the spring bloom.

The above Landsat 8 image of an eddy in the North Sea was collected on May 14, 2018. Click on it to get a larger version with a locator map.