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Sediments by De Grey River Mouth and Along Eighty Mile Beach, Australia – March 12th, 2013

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March 12th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Australia – March 4th, 2013

Heavy rainfall associated with the presence of Tropical Cyclone Rusty (17S), which made landfall in northwestern Australia in late February 2013 caused rivers to flood and release heavy sediment loads into the Indian Ocean. Here, rusty red sediments can be seen spilling from the mouth of the De Grey River and into Breaker Inlet (lower left). A whitish band of sediment can also be seen framing the coastline along Eighty Mile Beach, which forms the coastline where the Great Sandy Desert approaches the Indian Ocean.  The beach lies about halfway between the towns of Broome and Port Hedland, where the cyclone made landfall.

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