Coccoliths off the north-west coast of France, June 4, 2001.

 
Coccoliths off the north-west coast of France, June 4, 2001.
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33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

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Coccolithophores are a group of phytoplankton that are identifiable from space. These microscopic plants armour themselves with external plates of calcium carbonate. The plates, or coccoliths, give the ocean a milky white or turquoise appearance during intense blooms. This natural-colour view of the sea between Cornwall and Brittany at the mouth of the English Channel was taken by the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer on NASA's Terra satellite on June 4, 2001.

© National Aeronautics & Space Administration / Science & Society

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