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Geography of Western Australia and Fire Near Northern Coast

December 2nd, 2011 Category: Fires, Mountains

Australia - November 25th, 2011

Western Australia is a state of Australia, occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. Western Australia is Australia’s largest state and the second largest subnational entity in the world.

It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, the Great Australian Bight and Indian Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east and South Australia to the south-east. A fire can be observed near the northern shores, in the upper right quadrant, releasing grey smoke towards the southwest.

With the exception of the Stirling Ranges (partially visible at the lower right edge of the full image), the land is extremely eroded, with no part of the state above 1,245 metres (4,085 ft). Most parts of the state form a low plateau with an average elevation of about 400 metres (1,200 ft), very low relief, and no surface runoff. This descends relatively sharply to the coastal plains, in some cases forming a sharp escarpment (as with the Darling Range/Darling Scarp near Perth, visible as a brown area parallel to the coast in the lower part of the full image).

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