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Sediments in Broad Sound, Australia

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May 20th, 2013 Category: Sediments

Australia – May 20th, 2013

Broad Sound is a large bay on the east coast of Australia, in the state of Queensland 675 km northwest of the state capital, Brisbane. It is about 50 km long and 20 km across at its widest point. The Torilla Peninsula forms the eastern side of the bay; Shoalwater Bay is on the other side of the peninsula.

The bay has a low-lying coastline with wide mudflats exposed at low tide and backed by extensive areas of mangroves. Here, sediments can be seen spilling out of the sound. The head of the bay has the greatest tidal range on Australia’s east coast – around 9 m.

The coastline is punctuated by the mangrove-lined estuaries of several rivers and creeks, including Herbert and St Lawrence Creeks and the Styx River. Behind the mangroves is a hinterland of low, rounded hills covered by a mix of grassland and low eucalypt woodland or forest. The climate is subtropical with a dry winter.

The extensive tracts of mangroves and mudflats, comprising some 1200 km2 in the southern part of the bay, have been classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area.

Fires in Queensland Southwest of Broad Sound, Australia

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February 19th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – February 4th, 2013

While parts of Queensland were affected by flooding in early February, other parts, like this area south and southwest of Broad Sound (the sediment-filled bay in the upper right quadrant), were affected by wildfires due to a long period of drought, soaring temperatures and winds. The largest fire is visible in the lower left quadrant.

Fires South of Broad Sound, Australia

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October 22nd, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – October 14th, 2012

Plumes of smoke from wildfires burning in southern-central Queensland, Australia, blow mostly towards the north. A cluster of blazes can be seen southeast of Broad Sound (filled with sediments in the upper part of the image), in the lower right quadrant. A second cluster can be observed in the lower left quadrant, in an apparently forested terrain.

Sediments in Broad Sound, Australia

22S 150.3E

June 14th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Australia - June 7th, 2012

Broad Sound is a large bay on the east coast of Australia, in the state of Queensland 675 km northwest of the state capital, Brisbane. It is about 50 km long and 20 km across at its widest point. The Torilla Peninsula forms the eastern side of the bay; Shoalwater Bay is on the other side of the peninsula.

The bay has a low-lying coastline with wide mudflats exposed at low tide and backed by extensive areas of mangroves. The head of the bay has the greatest tidal range on Australia’s east coast – around 9 m. Here, sediments can be seen flowing out of the sound and into the ocean.

The coastline is punctuated by the mangrove-lined estuaries of several rivers and creeks, including Herbert and St Lawrence Creeks and the Styx River. Behind the mangroves is a hinterland of low, rounded hills covered by a mix of grassland and low eucalypt woodland or forest.

Great Barrier Reef and Styx River Sediments in Broad Sound, Australia – May 19th, 2011

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May 19th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Australia - May 2nd, 2011

On the left side of this image, tan sediments from the Styx River color the waters of Broad Sound. It is a large bay in the state of Queensland, on the east coast of Australia.

Moving to the upper right part of the image, numerous islands and atolls composing part of the Great Barrier Reef can be observed. They appear as light blue shapes dotted across the dark blue ocean waters.

 

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