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Plumes of Smoke Over Coral Sea, Australia – December 16th, 2012

16.5S 145.9E

December 16th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – December 16th, 2012

Fires can be seen near the coast of Queensland, Australia, releasing plumes of smoke that blow eastward over the Coral Sea. Visible offshore is the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. It is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).

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