The Week in Pictures: Massive Phytoplankton Bloom, Bright Neon Bikes, and More

Emma Grady
Living / Culture
August 26, 2011

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A NASA satellite has sent down an image of a phytoplankton bloom stretching across the Barents Sea, that is over 500 miles long and several hundred miles wide. While it is a common occurrence for the area during August, it is rare to get such a spectacular view.

We also have neon bicycles that pop up in Toronto, the story of photographers who dedicate their lives to documenting Earth's changing crust, and more in our photo roundup of the best images in TreeHugger this week.

Massive Phytoplankton Bloom

As Yale e360 writes, "The milky blue color suggests the presence of coccolithophores, a microscopic plankton containing white calcium carbonate, which when viewed through ocean water appears bright blue. In the Arctic, the annual spring phytoplankton blooms, triggered by melting sea ice, play a key role in the region's marine ecology."

Read the full story: NASA Satellite Photographs Massive Phytoplankton Bloom in Barents Sea

Photo: NASA