Search Results for 'phytoplankton'

Phytoplankton bloom

January 2, 2011 | By

So yesterday I spent several hours rearranging my office and had a pile of other stuff to do, keeping me pretty busy throughout the day. So instead of some deeply insightful science post or lengthy discussion of skepticism, I’ll simply show you this beautiful image of a phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Patagonia: [Click […]

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Frigid, beautiful swirls

October 19, 2012 | By

In my last post I talked about how knowing the science behind a picture makes it better. I still say that’s true, but also, sometimes, the beauty and awe of a picture can speak for itself. Behold, swirls of sea ice off the coast of Greenland: Breathtaking, isn’t it? [Click to phasechangenate.] This was taken […]

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Nearly iceless Iceland and an icy island

October 12, 2012 | By

Sometimes, you have to leave a planet to appreciate it. I love pictures of Earth from space. They provide a perspective you just cannot get from the ground, or even from the air. For example, have you ever seen a nearly iceless Iceland? [Click to enbj√∂rkenate.] This picture was taken by the European Space Agency’s […]

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Phyt O'Plankton

May 11, 2012 | By

I’ve written about pictures from space of ocean-borne phytoplankton blooms (see Related Posts below), but I recently saw a new one: This one was new to me for two reasons. For one, I hadn’t seen one such a bloom off the coast of Ireland before — the three I’ve posted previously were south of the […]

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An ear to the ocean

February 11, 2012 | By

The Terra satellite is designed to study our planet from space, examining the environment over large scales and in high resolution. While passing over south Africa it took this seemingly normal — if still very beautiful — image: I rotated it, so north is to the left. You can see land to the left, the […]

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Stunning view of a bloom from space

January 14, 2012 | By

Almost exactly one year ago, I posted a beautiful picture of a phytoplankton bloom as seen from space. And here’s another one, and it’s way, way more spectacular! Holy wow! [Click to enalgaenate.] This shot of a bloom in the southern Atlantic Ocean was taken by the ESA’s Envirosat, which — duh — is designed […]

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