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Wildfires in Victoria, Australia

37.8S 144.9E

May 9th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – May 9th, 2013

Red markers indicate the locations of wildfires near the coast of Victoria, Australia, southwest of Port Phillip Bay, near Melbourne. One fire exudes a plume of smoke that blows due southeast, over the Bass Strait. The fires appear to be located in mountainous, wooded regions, and thus are likely wildfires burning through woodland rather than agricultural in nature.

Fire in Southwestern Victoria, Australia – January 24th, 2013

38.1S 140.9E

January 24th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – January 17th, 2013

Firefighters in Victoria, Australia, are on alert again as the state braces for another day and night of very high fire danger. Forecast hot and windy conditions will mostly likely intensify currently burning fires. Here, smoke from a fire in southwestern Victoria, in or near Cobboboonee National Park, fans out as it blows southeast over Portland Bay and the Bass Strait.

Fire by Victoria-NSW Border Releases Circular Smoke Cloud, Australia – March 17th, 2010

37.5S 149.5E

March 17th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Australia - March 14th, 2010

Australia - March 14th, 2010

Close-up of Fire by Victoria-NSW Border

Close-up of Fire by Victoria-NSW Border

Close-up of Smoke Over Bass Strait

Close-up of Smoke Over Bass Strait

Smoke from fires near the southern coast of Victoria, Australia, trails over the Bass Strait towards Tanzania. They appear to be located mostly in national parks or forest reserve areas.

The most prominent fire is located to the upper right,  by the Victoria-New South Wales (NWS) border. It is releasing a large, circular cloud of smoke. Also, to the south, a green and blue phytoplankton bloom is visible in the Bass Strait below the veil of smoke.

Corner Inlet Along Coast of Victoria, Australia

38.7S 146.3E

December 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - November 17th, 2009

Australia - November 17th, 2009

Corner Inlet is a 600 km2 bay, 200 km south-east of Melbourne, in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. It is visible along the southernmost extension of the coastline in this image. Of Victoria’s large bays it is both the easternmost and the warmest.

Corner Inlet contains intertidal mudflats, mangroves, salt marsh and seagrass meadows. It is sheltered from the surf of the Bass Strait by a complex of 40 sandy barrier islands, the largest of which are Snake, Sunday and Saint Margaret Islands. It adjoins Wilsons Promontory in the west, extends to Ninety Mile Beach in the east, and supports large numbers of migratory waders and other birds as well a rich marine flora and fauna.

It is protected as a Ramsar site, by the Nooramunga and Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Parks, and by part of it lying within the 1550 ha Corner Inlet Marine National Park. However, the surrounding land was originally covered by forest which has mostly since been cleared.

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 km². 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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