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Coast of Western Australia, from Arid to Agricultural

April 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Australia - April 14th, 2009

The land in this part of the western coast of Western Australia changes from semi-arid to agricultural, as more rainfall occurs along the coast as one moves south. This transition is evident from the colors in the image, which change from rusty red to tan and dark green.

At the northern extreme of this image is Shark Bay, a world heritage site on the westernmost point of Australia.

The bay itself covers an area of 10,000 kmĀ², with an average depth of 10 metres. It is divided by shallow banks and has many peninsulas and islands.

Moving over 800 kilometres south towards the city of Perth, at the far bottom of the image, the Darling Scarp (or Darling Range) can be seen as a dark green area amidst tan agricultural lands.

It is a low escarpment running north-south to the east of the Swan Coastal Plain and Perth.

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