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Summer Phytoplankton Communities around Patagonia

It's unusual for almost all of Patagonia and the surrounding ocean to be free of cloud cover, but so it was on February 4, 2019 when the Aqua spacecraft passed three times over the region and collected the MODIS data that comprise the above image. Both the Pacific Ocean off of Chile and the Atlantic Ocean off of Argentina support thriving phytoplankton communities stirred around by the turbulent surface currents.

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