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Mission and Mitchell Rivers, Australia – July 19th, 2009

15.4S 141.7E

July 19th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

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The Mission (above) and Mitchell Rivers (below), on the west coast of Australia’s Cape York Peninsula, release some sediments into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Water currents create parallel streaks as the sediments diffuse into the waters of the gulf.

The terrain of the peninsula appears to be drying out and become more reddish in color, in contrast to the bright green present during times of flooding in earlier months.

Although the Mitchell River has Queensland’s largest discharge, particularly during periods of extreme rain, it tends to be intermittent and sometimes becomes dry for part of the year.

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