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Sun Glint by Shores of Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia

March 7th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Australia - December 30th, 2011

The waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria, by the Gulf Country region of the Australia state of Queensland, appear whitish in color due to sun glint. The glint is particularly strong in the series of bays by the coast, which appear bright silver in color. Stretching downward from the bays to the lower edge of the image is the Flinders River, also silver from glint.

Visible in the gulf in the left half of the image is Mornington Island, the northernmost and largest of 22 islands that form the Wellesley Islands group. The island is part of the Gulf Country Region. Its general topography is flat with the maximum elevation of 500 feet (150 metres). The island is fringed by mangrove forests and contains 10 estuaries.

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