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Sediments in King Sound, Australia, and Lesser Sunda Islands

9.8S 124.3E

September 1st, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Australia - August 30th, 2010

Sediments spilling out of the mouth of the Fitzroy River turn King Sound tan in color. The rest of the coastline of Western Australia visible to the northeast of the sound is also framed by sediments, although these appear less dense and greenish in color.

Several islands can be observed to the north. Most belong to the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara, located in the eastern portion of the Lesser Sunda Islands, including West Timor. The provincial capital is Kupang, located on West Timor. The highest point is Mount Mutis of Timor Tengah Selatan, which is 2427 meters above sea level.

The province consists of about 550 islands, but is dominated by the three main islands of Flores, Sumba, and West Timor, the western half of the island of Timor. The eastern part of Timor is the independent country of East Timor. Other islands include Adonara, Alor, Komodo, Lembata, Menipo, Raijua, Rincah, Rote Island (the southernmost island in Indonesia), Savu, Semau, and Solor.

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