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Sediments and Phytoplankton in Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia – June 15th, 2012

16.5S 139.4E

June 15th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton, Sediments

Australia - June 7th, 2012

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.

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