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Sediments and White Sands Beaches Along Western Australia Coast

19.6S 121.0E

August 1st, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Australia - July 13th, 2009

Australia - July 13th, 2009

Above, the Fitzroy River discharges tan sediments into the King Sound, east of the Dampier Peninsula in Western Australia. As the sediments leave the sound and move into the Indian Ocean, they become less concentrated and the water appears greenish.

Moving southwest along the coast, west of the peninsula a stretch of sandy white beaches can be seen, including the popular Eighty Mile Beach. As the name suggests, the beach is 80 miles (130 km) long, located almost half way between the towns of Broome and Port Hedland.

Below, the outline of the ephemeral Rudall River appears white and tan, connecting to the white, seasonal Lake Dora, a salt lake lying between the vegetated sand fields of the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts.

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 isĀ  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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