When conditions are just right in the Bay of Biscay, the body of water nestled in the elbow crook between western France and northern Spain, huge blooms of phytoplankton begin to emerge. The marine microorganisms live in the bay all year, but in the spring, the combination of more sunlight, warmer waters and an influx of nutrients carried by ocean currents and freshwater rivers swollen with melted snow creates explosive blooms--those multi-colored swirls in the water.
The massive population explosion is big enough to see from space, and NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) earlier this month. The blooms usually die down by May, so this might be one of the last swirly-marine-life photos we get this year.
Good to see the blooms are still happening in gargantuan proportions. Big time oxygen production and CO2 absorption. Are we able to reproduce this I wonder.
I know some bonehead dumped a bunch of iron dust in the ocean not long ago and I found this quote from an article about it: "Satellite images suggested the project resulted in a 10,000-square-kilometres plankton bloom."
It sounds like a success, maybe he's got something there.