Friday, May 29, 2015: This composite image depicts the northwest Atlantic Ocean on May 14, 2015, with New England and the Canadian Maritimes in the background. During the spring season, increasing sunlight, nutrient runoff from land and upwelling from the deep, and changeable atmospheric weather contribute to the colored patterning of the ocean surface. At left, circles are traced out by light green phytoplankton, plant-like species, near the surface. The underwater plateau George’s Bank lies at the center of the image, below the Gulf of Maine. The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is at right. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensor on the Suomi NPP satellite provided the data for the image, released May 26.
— Tom Chao