GALLERY Clare, Munster and Ireland from space, 28 May 2014

GALLERY Clare, Munster and Ireland from space, 28 May 2014

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Here is how County Clare, Munster and Ireland looked like from space at 1pm today. While Britain found itself under a thick veil of cloud, most of Ireland bathed in largely clear skies.

Today’s MODIS/NASA image of Ireland also shows a developing algal bloom to the southwest and west of Ireland.

An algal bloom is a rapid increase or accumulation in the population of algae (typically microscopic) in an aquatic system. Algal blooms may occur in freshwater as well as marine environments.

Bright green blooms are a result of cyanobacteria (colloquially known as blue-green algae) such as Microcystis. Blooms may also consist of macroalgal (non-phytoplanktonic) species. These blooms are recognizable by large blades of algae that may wash up onto the shoreline.

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