Northern Great Barrier Reef, Off Cape York Peninsula Coast
Part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, off the eastern shore of Queensland, appears as light green vertebra-like formations among the dark blue waters of the Coral Sea.
The Great Barrier Reef has been divided into 70 bioregions, of which 30 are reef bioregions, and 40 are non-reef bioregions.
In the northern part of the Reef, visible here, ribbon reefs and deltaic reefs have formed; these structures are not found in the rest of the Great Barrier Reef system. There are no atolls in the system, and reefs attached to the mainland are rare.
Upon opening the full image, a small part of the Cape York Peninsula, can be seen. Several promontories stretch out toward the reef. The furthest-reaching of these visible is Cape Grenville, lying between Shelburne Bay to the north and Temple Bay to the south. Several small islands (known as the Home Islands) lie off the eastern coast, including Hicks Island.