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Press Release 12-123
Scientists Discover New Trigger for Immense North Atlantic Plankton Bloom

Phenomenon of spring and summer is jump-started by swirling currents of seawater

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Satellite image of the seas off Iceland with the words Photo Gallery and a photo gallery icon.

View a photo gallery showing the North Atlantic Bloom: swirling artwork in the sea, plankton bloom in spring, summer.

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

Photo of marine scientist Craig Lee finishing assembly of an underwater glider.

Marine scientist Craig Lee finishes assembly of an underwater glider.

Credit: University of Washington


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Photo of scientist Eric D'Asaro standing on deck with robotic floats he developed.

Barely visible against roiling seas: scientist Eric D'Asaro with robotic floats he developed.

Credit: Craig Lee


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Oceanographer Amala Mahadevan with a model showing the role of eddies in the bloom.

Oceanographer Amala Mahadevan with a model showing the role of eddies in the bloom.

Credit: WHOI


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Photo of Carla Companion on left and Mary Jane Perry pointing to a webinar on the bloom.

Scientist Mary Jane Perry (right), educator Carla Companion with a webinar on the bloom.

Credit: Annette deCharon


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Cover of the July 6, 2012 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the July 6, 2012 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2012


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