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

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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.

Fire Near King Sound, Australia – April 30th, 2012

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April 30th, 2012 Category: Fires, Sediments

Australia - April 28th, 2012

A fire in northern Western Australia releases a plume of smoke towards the northwest, in the direction of King Sound. King Sound is a large gulf in northern Western Australia. It is about 120 km long, and averages about 50 km in width.┬áIt expands from the mouth of the Fitzroy River, one of Australia’s largest watercourses, and opens to the Indian Ocean. Here, the sound appears tan from sediments from the Fitzroy.

Wildfires in Western Australia – April 18th, 2012

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April 18th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Phytoplankton, Sediments

Australia - April 18th, 2012

Several interesting phenomena can be observed in this image of northern Western Australia: first, multiple wildfires can be seen in the upper half of the image, particularly in the upper right quadrant, releasing plumes of smoke towards the west. Second, tan sediments can be seen in King Sound; most of these are released by the Fitzroy River and gradually diffuse into the sound and the Indian Ocean. Third, a small phytoplankton bloom can be observed near the left edge, west of the sound.

Sediments and Phytoplankton Along Coast of Western Australia

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April 13th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton, Sediments

Australia - April 12th, 2012

Sediments and phytoplankton growth can be seen along the coast of Western Australia, near King Sound. This large gulf expands from the mouth of the Fitzroy River, one of Australia’s largest watercourses, and opens to the Indian Ocean. 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. The lower reaches of the gulf show tan sediments. Further north, the bright colors more distant from the shoreline are probably caused by the growth of phytoplankton.

Dust Off Coast of Australia West of King Sound

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September 29th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Dust Storms, Sediments

Australia - September 29th, 2011

In the upper right quadrant, tan sediments from the Fitzroy River spill through King Sound, Australia, and into the Indian Ocean, becoming green in color as they diffuse.

Offshore, dust from Australia’s arid interior can be seen blowing westward off the coast. Some wave clouds can be observed amidst the dust, in linear rows parallel to the shoreline, seemingly opposite the streaks in the cloud of dust.