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Sediments by De Grey River Mouth and Along Eighty Mile Beach, Australia – March 12th, 2013

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March 12th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Australia – March 4th, 2013

Heavy rainfall associated with the presence of Tropical Cyclone Rusty (17S), which made landfall in northwestern Australia in late February 2013 caused rivers to flood and release heavy sediment loads into the Indian Ocean. Here, rusty red sediments can be seen spilling from the mouth of the De Grey River and into Breaker Inlet (lower left). A whitish band of sediment can also be seen framing the coastline along Eighty Mile Beach, which forms the coastline where the Great Sandy Desert approaches the Indian Ocean.  The beach lies about halfway between the towns of Broome and Port Hedland, where the cyclone made landfall.

Coast of Western Australia from King Sound to North West Cape

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September 19th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Australia - September 18th, 2011

The greenish sediments visible in the upper right corner of this image are spilling from the Fitzroy River and out of King Sound.

Moving southwestward further down the shore, one comes to a white stretch of coastline. These are the white sands of Eighty Mile Beach.

Continuing southwestward, the large peninsula jutting out of the coast of Western Australia is North West Cape. The Cape Range runs down the spine of the peninsula and Ningaloo Reef runs along the western edge.

White Sands of Eighty Mile Beach, Australia

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June 10th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Australia - May 23rd, 2011

The long stretch of white sand extending into turquoise water along the northwestern coast of Australia is the aptly named Eighty Mile Beach, half way between Broome and Port Hedland.

Further down the coast, tan sediments pour into the waters of the Indian Ocean. Near the top of the image, some coral reefs can be seen.


Sediments in King Sound and White Sands Beaches, Australia

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April 11th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Australia - March 31st, 2011

Tan sediments from rivers such as the Fitzroy River spill into King Sound, a large gulf in northern Western Australia. It expands from the mouth of the Fitzroy, one of Australia’s largest watercourses, and opens to the Indian Ocean.

Moving westward along the coast, several white sands beaches can be observed. The longest of these is Eighty Mile Beach, so-named for its length, stretching beyond the bottom left corner of the image.

White Sands of Eighty Mile Beach and Red Sediments from De Grey River, Australia

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November 23rd, 2010 Category: Rivers

Australia - November 9th, 2010

The whitish area along the coast of Western Australia is a sandy beach called the Eighty Mile Beach, so named for its length of approximately eighty miles.

To the west of the end of the beach is a reddish headland. Here, the De Grey River releases orange-red sediments into the ocean. The headland is part of Western Australia’s Pilbara (pronounced “Pillbra”) region, a large, dry, thinly populated region in the north of the state known for its vast mineral deposits, in particular iron ore.