Earth  ID: 11409

Mystery Lights

While orbiting the planet in 2012, the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite detected something fishy off the coast of Argentina. About 200-300 miles offshore, a city of light appeared in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. There are no human settlements there, nor fires or gas wells. But there are an awful lot of fishing boats. Adorned with lights for night fishing, the boats cluster at the intersection of the continental shelf, the nutrient-rich Malvinas Current and the borders of the exclusive economic zones of Argentina and the Falkland Islands. The night fishermen are working the second largest squid fishery on Earth, using the lights to draw plankton, fish and squid to the surface. Watch the video to see a collection of satellite views that show how the boats move slightly each night to follow squid.

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Video Editor:
Kayvon Sharghi (USRA)

Lead Writer:
Mike Carlowicz (Sigma Space Corporation)

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Night lights images courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA National Geophysical Data Center
Fishing boat image courtesy of Jay Lawler © 2012

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