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Fortescue and Robe Rivers Discharge Rust-Red Sediments

February 22nd, 2009 Category: Fires, Rivers

Red sediments, Australia - February 19th, 2009

Red sediments, Australia - February 19th, 2009

Rusty red colored sediments from the Fortescue River (below) and the Robe River (above) spill into the Indian Ocean.

The Fortescue is a river in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It rises near Deadman Hill in the Ophthalmia Range and discharges into the Indian Ocean at Mardie Station.

The large island, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) northwest off the coast, is called Barrow Island. It has an area of 202 square kilometers (78 sq mi).

Barrow Island is noted for its flat spinifex grasslands spotted with termite mounds. It also has many limestone caves, which support subterranean ecological communities.

Between Barrow Island and the coast is an archipelago known as the Mary Anne Group.

Together with the Mangrove Islands and Passage Islands, it is part of a long chain of near-shore islands stretching from the vicinity of Onslow to the mouth of the Fortescue River.

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