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tlr online
13-12-03, 16:17
A puzzle-like layer of marine stratocumulus clouds overlays the Southern Ocean off of Southern Australia's coast in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from December 6, 2003. The clouds partially obscure Kangaroo Island, which is separated from the mainland by the Investigator Strait (to the north) and the Backstairs Passage (to the east). Just off the eastern edge of the clouds, a blue cloud of phytoplankton floats in the waters off of Younghusband Peninsula (the bright tan strip of land) and Coorong National Park. Other phytoplankton blooms float in the waters of the Gulf of St. Vincent (northeast of Kangaroo Island) and Spencer Gulf (between Yorke Peninsula and the mainland).

Phytoplankton are tiny marine organisms that, much like their land-based plant relatives, use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into food.

http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/images/image12132003_md.jpg

Copyright 2003 NASA

PSone
14-12-03, 00:33
Beautiful Australia :D Always covered up down south by Clouds http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

andromeda_eats
14-12-03, 05:20
Is that what whales eat? Phytoplankton?

PSone
14-12-03, 05:25
I thought it was just plain Plankton that they eat.... Maybe that's a different breed or something.

andromeda_eats
14-12-03, 05:30
LOL! Phyto' is "Pedigree" of the Plankton world.

PSone
14-12-03, 05:32
LOL! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

Ocean-Sirius
14-12-03, 11:03
Andromeda_eats:About whales...They eat krill, which are tiny shrimps. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif