Thursday, November 25, 2010

Van Gogh, Art, and Greenish Phytoplankton

"Van Gogh from Space"
USGS/NASA/Landsat 7, via flickr (July 13th, 2005)

"...In the style of Van Gogh's painting 'Starry Night,' massive congregations of greenish phytoplankton swirl in the dark water around Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Phytoplankton are microscopic marine plants that form the first link in nearly all ocean food chains. Population explosions, or blooms, of phytoplankton, like the one shown here, occur when deep currents bring nutrients up to sunlit surface waters, fueling the growth and reproduction of these tiny plants.

"Credit: USGS/NASA/Landsat 7

"To learn more about the Landsat satellite go to:"

As NASA put it, "This planet is so beautiful sometimes. Look at this satellite image. Something to be thankful for, yes?"

After that, there's not much for the Lemming to say.
A tip of the hat to NASA, on Twitter, for the heads-up on this photo.

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