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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.

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