Date: Thu, 10.06.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 10 June 2021
Stunning swirls of color peeked through melting ice above the Arctic
Circle in early June 2021. The Moderate Resolution Imaging
Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a
true-color image of a jewel-toned bloom of phytoplankton in the Chukchi
Sea on June 8.
Phytoplankton are microscopic plant-like organisms that float in ocean
waters year-round—even in dark, frigid Arctic water underneath winter’s
sea ice. In the springtime, hours of sunlight begin to lengthen, and
temperatures rise. Each spot of melted ice allows sunlight to pour onto
the darkened ocean. When sunlight shines on the floating phytoplankton
in these warming and nutrient-rich waters, it spurs explosive growth,
leading to huge, colorful blooms that peak through the icy scenery.
Spring blooms are common in the southern Chukchi Sea in June, often
fading in late July.
Date Acquired: 6/8/2021
Resolutions: 1km (272.7 KB), 500m (858.2 KB), 250m (2.2 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC
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