Thursday, January 17, 2008


Phytoplankton surround the Falkland Islands.

Millions of tiny ocean plants ring the Falkland Islands in this photo-like image taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on January 13, 2008. The surface-dwelling plants (called phytoplankton) reflect light, coloring the ocean with whimsical swirls of blue and green.

The bloom traces the course of the Malvinas (Falkland) Current, which sweeps north around the Falkland Islands and along the east coast of South America. A branch of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the strong current is cold and laden with nutrients. Because the current brings nutrients into the sunlit surface waters where plants can grow, the Malvinas Current often feeds large blooms such as this one.

The phytoplankton blooms around this area of ocean are usually the coccolithophores.

I am getting to the bad blooms eventually and 'creeping dead zones' which could double for a quite a few religions not to mention political parties across the world but is all about anoxic water along coastal areas.


Brian Hughes said...

"Phytoplankton surround the Falkland Islands."

Oh dear...time for another war, then.

JahTeh said...

Would you believe they're still fighting over the name so science publications use both as Falklands (Malvinas) or Malvinas (Falkands).
Trust the Poms and the Argentinians to fight over a pimple on the arse of the world.

Bwca said...

Tyranny of Jack came 6th.

JahTeh said...

Thank Epona I didn't back it.