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Ocean Data Shows 'Climate Dance' of Plankton

Ocean Data Shows 'Climate Dance' of Plankton: The greens and blues of the ocean color from NASA satellite data have provided new insights into how climate and ecosystem processes affect the growth cycles of phytoplankton.

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  • Hubble Sees a Slashing Smudge Across the Sky

    The galaxy cutting dramatically across the frame of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a slightly warped dwarf galaxy known as UGC1281.
  • 21W (Northwest Pacific)

    The TRMM satellite provided rainfall data as Tropical Depression 21W was making landfall in the southern Philippines on Nov. 26.
  • Demise of a Phytoplankton Bloom

    Phytoplankton can explode into blooms large enough to be visible from space. But what factors lead to the demise of these floating microscopic organisms? Sometimes viruses are to blame.
  • Shrinking Lake Ebinur

    In 2014, the eastern lobe of the Aral Sea dried up, bringing attention to the human impact on the Central Asian landscape. But the Aral Sea isn’t the only lake in the region that is losing water.
  • NASA Satellite Views Active Shiveluch Volcano

    Shiveluch Volcano remained very active into November 2014, with a slowly growing lava dome accompanied by frequent ash emissions and rockfalls.

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