Follow the phytoplankton (free-floating plants) to
some g-o-o-d fishin'. Much as the convergence of different air masses
leads to massive energy transfers - and life-giving rain - in the atmosphere,
the meeting of warm, low-nutrient water with cold, nutrient-rich water
in the South Atlantic causes an intense bloom of plants. That translates
into more grazing fish, and more predatory fish. It's a fishing scene
made in heaven -but best seen from space. Plants are 5,000 times as dense
in red zones as in the bluest of the blue.
The cold Malvinas (Falklands) current brings nutrient-rich
water from the ocean depths, fertilizing the intense bloom of free-floating
plants. Remind you of the double-loop circulation at the Intertropical
Convergence Zone? These convergences can be seen by spaceborne instruments
that detect chlorophyll, or other gadgets that see changes in sea height
Want to watch us wreck the planet?