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Fires in Queensland, Australia – July 28th, 2009

17.5S 138.6E

July 28th, 2009 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia - July 26th, 2009

Australia - July 26th, 2009

Fires

Fires

The Flinders River and others spill sediments into the Gulf of Carpentaria, creating tan, green and turquoise patterns off the shores of Queensland, Australia.

Inland, in the upper right quadrant, two plumes of smoke from a wildfire blow in a northwesterly direction. The vegetation of the northern parts of Australia is mostly grasslands and tropical savannas, which become extremely dry and prone to wildfires when the rainy season ends. The dry season lasts from May to October; therefore, such fires are typical at this time of year.

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