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View from space: Algae or art?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

This NASA photo from space may resemble a classic Van Gogh painting, but look closely and you'll see it's actually algae or phytoplankton off the coast of Gotland, a Swedish island in the north Atlantic.

The heavenly sight occurs when vigorous winter storms in the north Atlantic cause an upwelling of the cold, nutrient rich water which feeds algae at the surface in turn creating these colorful blooms.

Sights like this are expected to become less frequent in future years as the ongoing trend of warmer winter temperatures will lead to less winter storms and nutrient upwelling.

(Statistics courtesy climatecentral.org and photo courtesy of NASA).

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