Turquoise swirls in the Black Sea caused by phytoplankton performed on the local flow of the water and shine in a new image from NASA’s Aqua satellite.
Phytoplankton are small organisms that feed on sunlight and dissolved nutrients. The image shows the rivers the Danube and the Dnieper to provide nutrients to the Black Sea, where the phytoplankton feed on them, NASA officials said in a statement. In turn, these small organisms are eaten by larger animals, such as fish and shellfish. [Earth from Space: More wonderful Pictures]
In the Black Sea, in particular, a kind of phytoplankton community called coccolithophores are visible from afar by the white calcium carbonate plates that shield their bodies, ” the statement said. The white is easily visible from space, and it seems as if the milk in the water. Diatoms, on the other hand, another type of phytoplankton found in the Black Sea — the water there a bit darker.
In the statement, NASA said the reflection of the phytoplankton in the Black Sea appears consistent with that of previous years. If the phytoplankton bloom is too large, this can lead to eutrophication, when oxygen is lost from the water and kill marine life.
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