New research using NASA satellite data and ocean biology models suggests tiny organisms in vast stretches of the Southern Ocean play a significant role in generating brighter clouds overhead. Brighter clouds reflect more sunlight back into space, affecting the amount of solar energy that reaches Earth's surface, which in turn has implications for global climate.
Beautiful Bloom Event in the Sea of Marmara
This image from the Landsat 8 satellite captures a phytoplankton bloom in the Sea of Marmara on May 17, 2015. The sea is situated between the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea and surrounded on all sides by Turkey.