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Sediments Pouring into Broad Sound, Australia

22S 150.3E

May 15th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Australia - May 15th, 2012

Tan sediments flow into Broad Sound, a large bay on the east coast of Australia. It is located in the state of Queensland 675 km northwest of the state capital, Brisbane. The Torilla Peninsula forms the eastern side of the bay; Shoalwater Bay is on the other side of the peninsula.

The sound is about 50 km long and 20 km across at its widest point. It has a low-lying coastline with wide mudflats exposed at low tide and backed by extensive areas of mangroves. The head of the bay has the greatest tidal range on Australia’s east coast – around 9 m. The coastline is punctuated by the mangrove-lined estuaries of several rivers and creeks, including Herbert and St Lawrence Creeks and the Styx River. Behind the mangroves is a hinterland of low, rounded hills covered by a mix of grassland and low eucalypt woodland or forest. The climate is subtropical with a dry winter.

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