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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.

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