November 23, 2015
As a reminder that spring is relative depending on Earth’s hemisphere, phytoplankton blooms, which were especially troublesome in the northern hemisphere’s 2015 spring, have now been spotted via satellite in the southern hemisphere’s spring.
August 11, 2015
Prodigious phytoplankton growth can be toxic to an ecosystem, suffocating marine life (by depleting the oxygen in the sea) or producing toxins that can sicken and sometimes kill the creatures (including humans) who ingest them.
January 20, 2015
The Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8 captured this view of a phytoplankton bloom near Alaska’s Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea on Sept. 22, 2014. The water’s milky green and light blue shading indicates the presence of vast populations of microscopic phytoplankton.