Southern Shores of Gulf of Carpentaria During Dry Season, Australia17S 139.6E
This image focuses on the southern coastline of the Gulf of Carpentaria, in Australia. The land bordering the Gulf is generally flat and low-lying. To the east is the Cape York Peninsula. The area to the south (like the Cape York Peninsula, part of Queensland) is known as the Gulf Country or simply “the Gulf.”
The climate is hot and humid with two seasons per year. The dry season lasts from about April until November and is characterized by very dry southeast to east winds, generated by migratory winter high pressure systems to the south. This image was acquired during the dry season, and the riverbeds, consequently, do not stand out. Sediments, however, are still present in the gulf.
The wet season lasts from December to March. Most of the year’s rainfall is compressed into these months, and during this period, many low-lying areas are flooded. The Gulf is also a breeding ground for cyclones during the period between November and April.