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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.

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