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Peninsulas and Islands by Western Australia Coast – November 19th, 2012

20.7S 115.4E

November 19th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Australia – November 18th, 2012

Visible extending off the coast of Western Australia in the upper right quadrant is the Burrup Peninsula, also known as Murujuga, in the Pilbara region, adjoining the Dampier Archipelago and near the town of Dampier.

The peninsula is a unique ecological and archaeological area since it contains the world’s largest and most important collection of petroglyphs – ancient Aboriginal rock carvings. Concern around the ecological, historical, cultural and archaeological significance of the area has led to a campaign for its protection, causing conflict with industrial development on the site. Some estimates suggest that since 1963, 24.4 percent of the rock art on Murujuga has been destroyed to make way for industrial development.

Moving westward from the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago, other islands can be observed. Barrow Island is a 202 km2 (78 sq mi) island located 50 kilometres (31 mi) northwest off the coast of Western Australia. The island is the second largest in Western Australia.

Visible nearby are the Montebello Islands, an archipelago of around 174 small islands (about 92 of which are named) lying 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Barrow Island and 130 kilometres (81 mi) off the Pilbara coast of north-western Australia. The islands form a conservation park administered by the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation, and it is likely that the shallow waters around them will become a marine conservation reserve.

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