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Sediments and White Sands Beaches Along Western Australia Coast

19.6S 121.0E

August 1st, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Australia - July 13th, 2009

Australia - July 13th, 2009

Above, the Fitzroy River discharges tan sediments into the King Sound, east of the Dampier Peninsula in Western Australia. As the sediments leave the sound and move into the Indian Ocean, they become less concentrated and the water appears greenish.

Moving southwest along the coast, west of the peninsula a stretch of sandy white beaches can be seen, including the popular Eighty Mile Beach. As the name suggests, the beach is 80 miles (130 km) long, located almost half way between the towns of Broome and Port Hedland.

Below, the outline of the ephemeral Rudall River appears white and tan, connecting to the white, seasonal Lake Dora, a salt lake lying between the vegetated sand fields of the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts.

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