Detail View: NASA Earth Observatory Collection: Phytoplankton in the Gulf of Alaska

Title: 
Phytoplankton in the Gulf of Alaska
Description: 
A large phytoplankton bloom colored the surface waters of the Gulf of Alaska various shades of green on May 20, 2002. There also appears to be a lot of sediment being washed into the coastal waters all along Alaska?s shoreline, coloring the waters a light brown. This sediment is probably carried by the snowmelt carried off the land as the spring thaw sets in. This true-color image was capture by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS), flying aboard the OrbView-2 satellite. Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA GSFC, and ORBIMAGE
Satellite - Sensor: 
OrbView-2- SeaWiFS
facet_what: 
phytoplankton
facet_where: 
Alaska
facet_when: 
May 20, 2002
facet_when_year: 
2002
UID: 
SPD-ETOBS-3668
original url: 
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=3668