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Tasman Sea Chlorophyll

The interaction of the East Australian Current with the bathymetry of the Tasman Sea results in a turbulent flow field that can be "seen" from orbit when phytoplankton are blooming in that part of the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

The above image was collected on October 17, 2018 by the VIIRS instrument that is part of the relatively new JPSS1 (NOAA-20) spacecraft. It shows relative chlorophyll concentrations in the Tasman Sea. Click on it to get a larger version.