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U.S. West Coast

Upwelled nutrients support phytoplankton blooms off the West Coast of North America. The above Aqua/MODIS image collected on September 20, 2021 shows these blooms as well as a large region of smoky air around Point Conception and Point Arguello. The smoke comes from fires like the Windy Fire that was burning in the Sequoia National Forest when the image was collected. Click on the image to get a larger version.