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Saharan Dust Plume, Bay Of Biscay
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Saharan dust plume, Bay of Biscay. Satellite image of a dust plume (brown) from the Sahara, stretching across the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic from Spain (lower right) to Ireland and the UK (top). North is at top, with France at right. The iron content of dust plumes provides nutrients for phytoplankton, microscopic organisms found in the seas and oceans. The blue swath (centre right) off the coast of France is a phytoplankton bloom, though it is probably not related to the dust plumes appearing in this image. Image data obtained on 8 April 2011 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite.
March 7th, 2014
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