Giant Green Growth Visible From Space
March 9, 2012 by staff
Giant Green Growth Visible From Space, A field of vivid green algae so large it can be seen from space is floating in waters off Antarctica, causing a feeding frenzy.
Images of the bloom, estimated to be around 200 kilometres wide and 100 kilometres long, were captured by Australian scientists monitoring a satellite 650 kilometres above the Earth.
Scientist from the Australian Antarctic Division say they are still not sure exactly what caused the bloom but they predict it will be causing a stir among the local wildlife.
Research scientist Mark Curran says much of the food chain will be benefiting from the algae.
“You might expect more animal behaviour in this region as a result of predators chasing the smaller species that feed on off this kind of algae,” he said.
“[There's] krill and other zoo plankton and then of course you’ve got the penguins, the seals and whales that will feed on the fish or the krill itself.”
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