What Is This?
These are patterns of plant life called phytoplankton around the island of Tasmania, near Australia. The photo was made in November 1981.
This image, acquired by a satellite, demonstrates the
complexity of oceanic circulation patterns and of the relationship between
physical processes and biological production.
Why does the ocean plankton grow
in such strange patterns?
More plankton feed more fish, which in turn increases the fish population. This is of major importance to the fisheries of the region.