Fitzroy River Pouring Sediments into King Sound, Australia – April 5th, 2009
The Fitzroy River fills the waters of the King Sound, east of the Dampier Peninsula (bottom left) in Australia, with tan sediments.
King Sound is a large gulf in northern Western Australia. It expands from the mouth of the Fitzroy River, one of Australia’s largest watercourses, and opens to the Indian Ocean.
It is about 120 km long, and averages about 50 km in width. The port town of Derby lies near the mouth of the Fitzroy River on the eastern shore of King Sound.
King Sound has the highest tides in Australia, and amongst the highest in the world, reaching a maximum tidal range of 11.8 metres at Derby.
To the West, the Dampier Peninsula is located north of Broome in Western Australia, Australia, surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and north, and the King Sound to the east. The northern most part of the peninsula is Cape Leveque.
Moving eastward, many islands can be seen off the coast, including the Buccaneer Archipelago, a group of islands off the coast of Western Australia near the town of Derby. Most of these islands are ringed by greenish sediments pouring into the ocean from rivers on the Australian mainland.