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Lake Macleod and Sun Glint Highlighting Shores of Shark Bay, Australia

25.7S 113.6E

December 3rd, 2012 Category: Lakes

Australia – December 1st, 2012

Sun glint highlights the shoreline of Shark Bay, Peron Peninsula and Dirk Hartog Island in Western Australia. The bay itself covers an area of 10,000 km², with an average depth of 10 metres. It is divided by shallow banks and has many peninsulas and islands. The coastline is over 1,500 km long, and there are about 300 km of limestone cliffs overlooking the bay.

Visible to the north, not far inland from the coast, is Lake Macleod, the westernmost lake in Australia. A cool offshore current, coupled with a very flat coastal plain, contributes to the near-desert-like conditions along the coastal region as evidenced by the brown landscape around the lake and the highly reflective salt beds within the lake.

Lake Macleod and Shark Bay, Australia

25.9S 113.5E

June 13th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Australia - May 23rd, 2011

Lake Macleod appears as a green and golden brown area not far from the coast of Western Australia in the upper left quadrant of this image. It the westernmost lake in Australia.

Moving down the coast, one comes to the Shark Bay World Heritage Site, divided into two bodies of water by the Peron Peninsula. East of the peninsula is the Hamelin Pool, while Henri Freycinet Harbour lies to the west.

 

Shark Bay World Heritage Site and Lake Macleod, Australia – May 14th, 2011

25.9S 113.5E

May 14th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Australia - May 2nd, 2011

Visible in the lower half of this image is the Shark Bay World Heritage Site, in Western Australia. Shark Bay is divided by the Peron Peninsula.

Within Shark Bay, the stretch of water that lies to the west of the Peron Peninsula is known as Henri Freycinet Harbour, while that to the east of the peninsula is known as Hamelin Pool.

Henri Freycinet Harbour has a significantly greater number of islands compared to Hamelin Pool – and has a number of smaller peninsulas known as ‘prongs’ on its northern area.

North of the Shark Bay World Heritage site, near the coast, lies Lake Macleod, the westernmost lake in Western Australia. Here, the western side of the lake appears bright green, while the right side is tan in color.

 

Lake Macleod and Shark Bay in Western Australia

26.3S 113.7E

November 26th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Australia - November 9th, 2010

Rivers flowing westward across Western Australia create lighter tan lines in the otherwise red landscape. The white area near the coast in the upper part of the image is Lake Macleod, the westernmost lake in Australia.

Climatically, this part of Western Australia is greatly influenced by the north-flowing Western Australian current that brings cool water northward from Antarctica, which is not conducive to producing inland precipitation.

This cool offshore current, coupled with a very flat coastal plain, contributes to the near-desert-like conditions along the coastal region as evidenced by the brown landscape around the lake and the highly reflective salt beds within the lake. The low point in the lake appears to be near the northern end where the light blues indicate some standing water.

Another notable feature along the western coastline is the Shark Bay World Heritage Site, located in the lower part of the image. It comprises several peninsulas and islands, the largest of which are Peron Peninsula (east) and Dirk Hartog Island (west). The green color in the bay is caused by algae and some sediments.

Unusually Full Lake Macleod, Western Australia – January 13th, 2011

24.1S 113.7E

January 13th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Australia - December 26th, 2010

Lake Macleod is the westernmost lake in Western Australia. A cool, north-flowing offshore current from Antarctica that is not conducive to producing precipitation, coupled with a very flat coastal plain, contributes to the near-desert-like conditions along the coastal region as evidenced by the brown landscape around the lake.

The lake, in fact, often appears to be little more than a large white salt pan with little water, as was the case when it was previously observed by Eosnap (see here and here for previous articles). However, the lake is periodically inundated by freshwater, as in the case of this image from late December in which the lake appears bright green in color.