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OCEAN COLOR FROM SPACE: Polar Productivity

CZCS Arctic CZCS Antarctic


Highly seasonal phytoplankton blooms characterize these polar waters, where photosynthesis is strongly influenced by the availability of light.Note differences in Artic (left) and Antarctic (right) summers where the ocean is surrounded by land and the land surrounded by ocean, respectively.

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