Sediments and Phytoplankton Along Coast of Western Australia17.3S 123.6E
Sediments and phytoplankton growth can be seen along the coast of Western Australia, near King Sound. This large gulf expands from the mouth of the Fitzroy River, one of Australia’s largest watercourses, and opens to the Indian Ocean. King Sound has the highest tides in Australia, and amongst the highest in the world, reaching a maximum tidal range of 11.8 metres at Derby. The lower reaches of the gulf show tan sediments. Further north, the bright colors more distant from the shoreline are probably caused by the growth of phytoplankton.