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SeaWIFS Phytoplankton around the Galapagos Islands in May 1998

SeaWiFS documented the rapid demise of El Niño in the waters around the Galapagos Islands. The images show a explosion in plankton growth as the warm El Niño waters blamed for choking off essential ocean nutrients are replaced by deep cold upwelled waters. The false color images, which document plankton concentrations a period from May 9, 1998 to May 31, 1998, show that life in the region to the west archipelago has returned in remarkable abundance. High concentrations are shown red and low concentrations in blue. Areas occluded by clouds are shown in white. A relief image of the Galapagos islands has been superimposed on the images to clarify the location of the islands.

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Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Marte Newcombe (GST): Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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Data Used:
SeaStar/SeaWiFS 1998/05/09, 1998/05/18, 1998/05/22, 1998/05/24, 1998/05/29, 1998/05/31
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This item is part of this series:
El Niño and La Niña

DLESE >> Biological oceanography
SVS >> Phytoplankton
GCMD >> Location >> Galapagos Islands
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version