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Great Barrier Reef, Australia – May 23rd, 2009 – EOSnap Celebrates its 1000th Post!

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May 23rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Great Barrier Reef, Australia - May 22nd, 2009

Great Barrier Reef, Australia - May 22nd, 2009

Princess Charlotte Bay

Princess Charlotte Bay

Coral Reef

Coral Reef

EOSnap celebrates its 1000th post with this sharp and brightly colored image of the Great Barrier Reef along the Cape York Peninsula, in Queensland, Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 3,000 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).

The first two close-ups focus on the coral reef on the eastern coast of the Cape York Peninsula.  One detail is of the Princess Charlotte Bay, a part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which is a habitat for dugong. The Normanby, Bizant, North Kennedy, and Morehead rivers all terminate in this bay.

Torres Strait

Torres Strait

The central close-up portrays the northernmost tip of the Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait and islands above it.

The final two close-ups focus on the western coast of the peninsula, which is not part of the Great Barrier Reef. Instead, the coast is fringed by tan sediments, which fade into a yellow-green hue as they mix with the waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria. One close-up includes Mission River (top). The red patches near the river are bare areas of earth, used for mining or construction.

The other detail shows the Mitchell River, which has the state’s largest discharge, particularly when pulsing with monsoonal rains, though it is intermittent and may be dry for part of the year. The last time EOSnap observed this area, the terrain was dark green due to vegetational growth during times of flooding. Now, the terrain appears drier and browner in color.

Mission River

Mission River

Mitchell River

Mitchell River

Chain of Great Barrier Reef off Queensland Coast, Australia – January 28th, 2009

January 28th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia - December 11th, 2008

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia - December 11th, 2008

Close-up of a northern part of the reef

Close-up of a northern part of the reef

Detail of a southern section of the reef

Detail of a southern section of the reef

Here, a long section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, from the northern tip of the Cape York Peninsula to near the coastal city of Cairns, can be seen.

The first close-up shows the reef in Princess Charlotte Bay. A light phytoplankton bloom is present along the southern shore of the bay.

The second detail shows the reef along the coast from the Starck River to just north of Cairns. In addition to the chain of coral framing the shoreline, several river mouths can be seen to the north, spilling green sediments or algae into the Coral Sea.

Northern Section of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia – December 26th, 2008

December 26th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia - October 30th, 2008

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia - October 30th, 2008

Despite the presence of some clouds in this image, we can still see some vertebra-like coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

The section of the reef visible in the image is one of the northernmost segments, located along the eastern coast of the Cape York Peninsula in the Queensland region.

The largest islands visible, towards the center, are Flinders Island and Blackwook Island, at the tip of Cape Melville, in Bathurst Bay. The larger bay to the southwest is Princess Charlotte Bay.

All of the area visible in this image is part of the Far North section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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