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The Furneaux Island Group, Australia

39.9S 148.0E

December 8th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - November 17th, 2009

Australia - November 17th, 2009

The Furneaux Group (upper half of image) is a group of 52 islands, at the eastern end of Bass Strait, between Victoria and Tasmania (lower half) in Australia. The largest islands in the group are (from north to south) Flinders Island, Cape Barren Island and Clarke Island.

Flinders Island is approximately 62 km from north to south, and 37 km from east to west. Its total land area is 1333 kmĀ². The coastal areas are mainly covered in scrub or shrubs, whereas the vegetation at a higher elevation consists of woodland, mainly eucalyptus species.

About a third of the island is mountainous and rugged with ridges of granite running the length of the island. With a height of 756 m, Mount Strzelecki in the south west is the island’s highest peak.

The coastal areas are dominated by sandy deposits often taking the shape of dunes. Many coastal lagoons punctuate the eastern shore, formed by dunes blocking further drainage. This drainage is mainly provided by many small streams, few of them permanently flowing, directly leading to the waters of Bass Strait or such a lagoon.

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