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North Atlantic Plankton Bloom

Ocean eddies help jump-start plankton blooms that spread across hundreds of square miles

In what’s known as the North Atlantic Bloom, an immense number of phytoplankton burst into existence, first “greening,” then “whitening” the sea as one or more species take the place of others.

What turns on this huge bloom, what starts these ocean fireworks?  Is it the Sun’s warmth? Read the news release »