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Sediments From Five Rivers in King Sound, Australia

17.3S 123.6E

May 14th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

King Sound (left) is an inlet of the Indian Ocean, in northern Western Australia, measuring 90 miles by 35 miles (145 km by 56 km). Its entrance is flanked by Cape Leveque to the west and the four island clusters of the Buccaneer Archipelago in Yampi Sound to the east. A peninsula that divides the inner section of the inlet has the port of Derby on its western shore.

The mouths of the Fitzroy, Meda, Lennard, May, and Robinson rivers are along its shores, releasing tan colored sediments into the sound and clouding its waters.  A 35-foot (11-metre) tidal range poses a challenge to navigators, as does the presence of many shoals.

Fitzroy River Pouring Sediments into King Sound, Australia – April 5th, 2009

April 5th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Rivers, Tropical Cyclones

Australia - March 30th, 2009

Australia - March 30th, 2009

Close-up of coast

Close-up of coast

The Fitzroy River fills the waters of the King Sound, east of the Dampier Peninsula (bottom left) in Australia, with tan sediments.

King Sound is a large gulf in northern Western Australia. It expands from the mouth of the Fitzroy River, one of Australia’s largest watercourses, and opens to the Indian Ocean.

It is about 120 km long, and averages about 50 km in width. The port town of Derby lies near the mouth of the Fitzroy River on the eastern shore of King Sound.

King Sound has the highest tides in Australia, and amongst the highest in the world, reaching a maximum tidal range of 11.8 metres at Derby.

To the West, the Dampier Peninsula is  located north of Broome in Western Australia, Australia, surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and north, and the King Sound to the east. The northern most part of the peninsula is Cape Leveque.

Close-up of rivermouths

Close-up of rivermouths

Moving eastward, many islands can be seen off the coast, including the Buccaneer Archipelago, a group of islands off the coast of Western Australia near the town of Derby. Most of these islands are ringed by greenish sediments pouring into the ocean from rivers on the Australian mainland.

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