[Tara Pacific] Island and chlorophyll

© Yann Chavance - Tara Expeditions Foundation

24 hours before arriving at Rapa Nui, Easter Island, the scientific team responsible for plankton sampling begins a new subject of study: the island effect. Around each island, nutrients coming from land (via soil erosion, rivers and human activities) spill into the sea, creating an oasis of planktonic life surrounding the island. To better understand this phenomenon globally, the scientific team will do 3 long sampling stations before arriving at Rapa Nui.

© Yann Chavance – Tara Expeditions Foundation