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Kangaroo Island, Australia

May 3rd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Australia - April 14th, 2009

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Kangaroo Island, bottom left, is Australia’s third largest island – after Tasmania and Melville Island.

Kangaroo Island is located at the entrance to Gulf Saint Vincent. At its closest point to the mainland, it is 13 kilometres (8 mi) offshore from Cape Jervis, on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula (just below center) in the state of South Australia.

The island is 112 kilometres southwest of Adelaide, visible as a greenish-grey area on the east coast of Gulf Saint Vincent. The bright green lake further east is Lake Alexandrina.

Kangaroo Island is separated from Yorke Peninsula (left) to the northwest by Investigator Strait and from Cape Jervis to the northeast by the Backstairs Passage.

The island is 150 km (93 mi) long and between 900 m (980 yd) and 57 km (35 mi) wide, its area covering 4,405 km2 (1,701 sq mi). Its coastline is 540 km long and highest altitude is 307 m (1,010 ft).

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