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Fires on Dampier Peninsula, Australia

16.7S 122.9E

November 11th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – November 10th, 2012

Fires on the Dampier Peninsula release plumes of smoke that converge and blow towards the southwest. The Dampier Peninsula is located north of Broome and Roebuck Bay in Western Australia. It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and north, and King Sound to the east.

Fire on Dampier Peninsula, Australia – September 14th, 2012

16.7S 122.9E

September 14th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Sediments

Australia – August 31st, 2012

A plume of smoke from a fire blows from the Dampier Peninsula, towards the northwest and then curving westward, over the Indian Ocean. The Dampier Peninsula is a peninsula located north of Broome and Roebuck Bay in Western Australia. It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and north, and King Sound to the east. Here, sediments can be seen spreading from the lower reaches of the sound, out into the ocean.

Fires Near Shores of King Sound, Western Australia – September 5th, 2012

16.9S 123.5E

September 5th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – August 31st, 2012

The plumes of smoke from three fires burning on the Dampier Peninsula, in Western Australia, join together before blowing west-northwestward over the Indian Ocean. The fires are located near the shores of King Sound. Sediments from rivers such as the Fitzroy pour through the sound and out into the ocean, creating interesting green patterns in the water as they diffuse.

Flora and Vegetation Index of the Kimberley Region, Western Australia

April 19th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

The Kimberley is one of the nine regions of Western Australia. It is located in the northern part of Western Australia, bordered on the west by the Indian Ocean, on the north by the Timor Sea, on the south by the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts, and on the east by the Northern Territory.

This more arid geography to the south is mirrored in this FAPAR image:  southern areas appear yellow, indicating low photosynthetic activity, while coastal areas appear green, thus showing a good vegetation index.

With regards to flora, much of the Kimberley is chiefly covered in open savanna woodland dominated by low bloodwood and boab trees with Darwin stringybark and Darwin woollybutt eucalypts in the wetter areas.

The red sandy soil of the Dampier Peninsula in the south is known for its characteristic pindan wooded grassland while in the more fertile areas like the Ord valley the trees are grasslands of Chrysopogon, Aristida, Dicanthium and Xerochloa (rice grass) in the wetter valleys.

The banks of the Ord, Fitzroy and other rivers are home to a greater variety of vegetation while in sheltered gorges of the high rainfall north there are patches of rainforest. There are also areas of mangrove in river estuaries where the coast is flatter.

Sediments Along Northern Coastline of Western Australia

16.8S 123.4E

October 29th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Australia - September 24th, 2009

Australia - September 24th, 2009

Rivers along the northern coastline of Western Australia release sediments into the Indian Ocean. The sediments appear most concentrated in King Sound, east of the Dampier Peninsula near the center of the image. The sediments are released into the sound by the Fitzroy River.

West of the peninsula, moving southwest down the coast, one comes across a long stretch of white sand beaches, the most popular of which is known as Eighty Mile Beach due to its length of 80 miles (130km).

Towards the bottom of the image another white line can be seen; this is the Rudall River, which connects to the seasonal salty Lake Dora. Another lake is visible near the right edge of the image, in the upper right corner: Lake Argyle, which is the second largest artificial lake in Australia by volume.

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