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Wildfires Near New South Wales Coast, Australia – January 10th, 2013

36.5S 148.5E

January 10th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 9th, 2013

Hundreds of wildfires raged across southern Australia this week as the country suffered from its hottest days on record. Temperatures reached an all-time high on Monday, hitting a a nationwide average of 40.33 degrees Celsius (104.59 degrees Fahrenheit). The heat, dry conditions and strong winds have created perfect conditions for wildfires. Here, several blazes can be seen near the coast of New South Wales (click here for other images), although Tasmania and Victoria are also being affected.

Wildfires in New South Wales, Australia – January 9th, 2013

35.3S 149.1E

January 9th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 8th, 2013

High winds and record temperatures are fanning fires in south-east Australia. More than 130 fires are currently burning in New South Wales, 40 of which have not been contained. Four areas in New South Wales have been given a “catastrophic” fire danger rating, meaning that if fires break out they will be uncontrollable and fast-moving, so residents should leave.

The fires and warnings follow days of searing heat. In a statement, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology revealed that for each of the first six days of 2013, the “national area-average” temperature had been in the top 20 hottest days on record. It was also the first time that average national top temperatures over 39C had been recorded on five consecutive days, the bureau said. In New South Wales, temperatures had passed 40C by midday at the coast. Winds of up to 80kph (50mph) have also been forecast.

Fires are burning along the New South Wales coast, and also in the north-west of the state, but the largest concentration is in the south-east, around the Canberra area. The four areas given a “catastrophic” fire danger rating – Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Southern Ranges and Riverina – are in this region. A big fire is also burning in near Cooma, 100km (60 miles) south of Canberra. The fire service says it is out of control and have advised residents to seek shelter, saying it is too late to leave.

Darling River Crossing New South Wales, Australia

30.5S 147.0E

April 6th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Australia - March 31st, 2011

The Darling Rivers flows diagonally across this image of New South Wales, Australia, appearing as a tan line across the mostly red landscape. The third longest river in Australia, it measures 1,472 kilometres (915 mi) from its source to its confluence with the Murray River.

As one moves across the image from west to east, the terrain gradually changes from deep brownish red to a lighter, almost pink tone. The dark brown areas spattered across this area of lighter terrain are forests, such as the State Forests of the Pilliga (the largest dark brown patch visible).

National Parks and Forests Along the Coast of Victoria and New South Wales, Australia

37.2S 149.5E

February 27th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Australia - January 16th, 2011

The Dandenong Ranges are a set of low mountain ranges, rising to 633 metres at Mount Dandenong, approximately 35 km east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Here, they appear as a dark green area starting at the lower left edge of the image.

The ranges consist mostly of rolling hills, steeply weathered valleys and gullies covered in thick temperate rainforest, predominantly consisting of tall Mountain Ash trees and dense ferny undergrowth.

Starting in that area and moving eastward to the coast, one crosses many national parks: the Yarra Ranges, Lake Eildon, Alpine, Avon Wilderness, Snowy River, Errinundra, South East Forest and Croajingolong National Parks.

From the bend in the coastline moving northward into New South Wales, one crosses the Dampier State Forest, Deua National Park, Tallaganda State Forest, Namadgi National Park, Bungonia Recreation Area, Morton National Park and Nattai National Park (top right, just south of Sydney).

Forests and Rivers in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia

29S 149.4E

February 18th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Volcanoes

Australia - January 24th, 2011

This image of eastern Australia shows part of Queensland (north) and New South Wales (south). The land in Queensland to the north and along the coast to the east is green and fertile, while that further inland appears drier.

Flowing across and bringing some more life to the drier section, however, are rivers such as the Darling, whose waters are a source for irrigation.

Visible at the center bottom edge is a dark brown area composed of the State Forests of the Pilliga, which constitute the largest continuous remnant of semi-arid woodland in temperate New South Wales, Australia.

Just northeast of the forest (see full image for best detail) is the Mount Kaputar National Park, surrounding the proximities of Mount Kaputar, a volcano active between 17 and 21 million years ago that rises to an altitude of 1510 m.

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