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Victoria River Discharging Sediments into the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, Australia – May 24th, 2010

14.7S 129.3E

May 24th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

The Victoria River can be seen discharging sediments into the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf in northern Australia. It is the longest river in the country’s Northern Territory. The river rises in low sand hills at 1,200 feet (370 m) elevation north of Hooker Creek.

The river flows north and northwest for about 350 miles (560 km) across a region of hills and basins to enter Joseph Bonaparte Gulf of the Timor Sea via a 16-mile- (25.5-kilometre-) wide mouth at Queens Channel.

Fed by its major tributaries—the West Baines, Wickham, Gordon, Armstrong, and Camfield rivers—the Victoria drains a basin of 27,060 square miles (70,090 square km). Its upper course, seasonally intermittent, flows through some of Australia’s largest cattle ranges.

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