1. Ocean Color Feature: Gulf of Maine

Ocean Color Feature: Gulf of Maine

VIIRS Gulf of Maine 14 May 2015
VIIRS image of the Gulf of Maine on 14 May 2015

Historically rich fishing grounds, the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank have been so heavily harvested that they can no longer fully supply our ever increasing demand for their resources. The phytoplankton that eventually feed the fish, mollusks, and crustaceans that we catch are shown coloring the northwest Atlantic waters in the above Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) image from May 14, 2015. (via the OB.DAAC website).

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