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Dust Plumes and Phytoplankton Bloom off Namibia

Target Name:  Earth
Spacecraft:  Terra Satellite
Instrument:  MODIS
Produced by:  Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Copyright: Copyright Free
Date Taken:  13 July 2003
Date Released: 13 February 2008

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North of the soft orange sands of the Namib Desert, streamer of pale dust are streaming over Namibia´s Skeleton Coast in the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) from the Terra satellite on July 13, 2003. In the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, colorful swirls of blue and green suggest a bloom of tiny marine plants called phytoplankton.

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