Sediments and Phytoplankton in Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia – June 15th, 201216.5S 139.4E
The Gulf of Carpentaria is a large, shallow sea enclosed on three sides by northern Australia and bounded on the north by the Arafura Sea (the body of water that lies between Australia and New Guinea). This image focuses on the lower reaches of the gulf, by Queensland. Sediments can be seen along the shoreline, particularly south and southwest of Mornington Island, the largest of the islands in the Wellesley Islands group. Around the sediments and further out into the gulf, phytoplankton can be observed as well, probably fed by nutrients in the coastal runoff.