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Sediments and Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia

16.5S 139.4E

April 26th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Sediments pour into the Gulf of Carpentaria from rivermouths along the coast of Queensland, Australia. Near the shoreline the sediments appear dense and tan in color, and gradually become greener as they move out into the gulf.

Also visible in the gulf is the large Mornington Island (upper left quadrant), the northernmost of 22 islands that form the Wellesley Islands. The general topography of the island 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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