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Fires in Queensland, Australia

18.3S 145.8E

October 16th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – October 14th, 2012

Plumes of smoke from two fires can be observed in Queensland Australia, west of the Coral Sea coast. The fire in the lower left quadrant releases smoke that blows towards the southwest, while the fire closer to the image center releases a thicker plume that blows west-northwest. The smoke from the fire mixes with the popcorn clouds that dot the skies above northern Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula.

Fire at Base of Cape York Peninsula, Australia – October 14th, 2012

18.2S 144.8E

October 14th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – October 13th, 2012

A wide plume of smoke from a fire in Queensland, Australia, near the base of the Cape York Peninsula and the Coral Sea, blows towards the southeast. In the full image, other fires can be seen on the peninsula, to the north,

Great Barrier Reef Along Queensland Coast, Australia – April 4th, 2012

16.9S 145.7E

April 4th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Australia - April 4th, 2012

Close-up

Visible in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia, is the Great Barrier Reef. It is the world’s largest coral reef system, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).

The reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as fishing and tourism. Other environmental pressures on the reef and its ecosystem include runoff, climate change accompanied by mass coral bleaching, and cyclic population outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish.

Climate change, pollution, crown-of-thorns starfish and fishing are the primary threats to the health of this reef system. Other threats include shipping accidents, oil spills, and tropical cyclones. Skeletal Eroding Band, a disease of bony corals caused by the protozoan Halofolliculina corallasia, affects 31 coral species.

Potential for Tropical Cyclone Formation East of Australia

18.9S 151.5E

March 8th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Low Near Australia - March 6th, 2012

Enhanced image

Track of TS 14S - March 7th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Tropical Low

Meteorologists continue to watch a tropical low east of Australia. At this time, the development of this system remains low but does still bear watching.

A weak tropical cyclone is possible in the Coral sea over the next 48 hours. Current model outlooks are hinting at possible development in the Coral ,but if one does form it should be short lived.

Sediments and Barrier Reef by Cape York Peninsula, Australia

12.7S 142.2E

June 23rd, 2011 Category: Sediments

Australia - June 20th, 2011

Cape York Peninsula is a large remote peninsula located in Far North Queensland at the tip of the state of Queensland, Australia. The west coast borders the Gulf of Carpentaria and the east coast borders the Coral Sea.

Here, sediments can be seen along the peninsula’s west coast, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The east coast bordering the Coral Sea, however, is lined by vertebra-like segments of the Great Barrier Reef.