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Kangaroo Island, Australia

May 3rd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Kangaroo Island, bottom left, is Australia’s third largest island – after Tasmania and Melville Island.

Kangaroo Island is located at the entrance to Gulf Saint Vincent. At its closest point to the mainland, it is 13 kilometres (8 mi) offshore from Cape Jervis, on the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula (just below center) in the state of South Australia.

The island is 112 kilometres southwest of Adelaide, visible as a greenish-grey area on the east coast of Gulf Saint Vincent. The bright green lake further east is Lake Alexandrina.

Kangaroo Island is separated from Yorke Peninsula (left) to the northwest by Investigator Strait and from Cape Jervis to the northeast by the Backstairs Passage.

The island is 150 km (93 mi) long and between 900 m (980 yd) and 57 km (35 mi) wide, its area covering 4,405 km2 (1,701 sq mi). Its coastline is 540 km long and highest altitude is 307 m (1,010 ft).

Lake Alexandrina and Adelaide, Australia – March 24th, 2009

March 24th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Lake Alexandrina and Adelaide, Australia - March 20th, 2009

Lake Alexandrina and Adelaide, Australia - March 20th, 2009

Lake Alexandrina is a lake in the state of South Australia, Australia, adjacent to the coast of the Southern Ocean, about 100 kilometres south-east of Adelaide (visible as a light grey area on the coast). Easily identifiable from its bright green color, the lake is north of Encounter Bay and east of Fleurieu Peninsula.

The major river flowing into Lake Alexandrina is the Murray River; others include the Bremer, Angas, and Finniss Rivers, all from the eastern side of the southern Mount Lofty Ranges. A narrow channel connects Lake Alexandrina to the smaller Lake Albert to the south-east.

Lake Alexandrina, which is shallow and contains a number of islands near the southern end, empties into the sea near Goolwa (the channel is known as the Murray Mouth). However, when the river flow is low the entrance is often blocked by a sand-bar.

Originally subjected to tidal and storm inflows of seawater the lake is now maintained as fresh water by a series of barrages across the islands near the Murray Mouth. This has produced an annual requirement for more than 1 million megalitres of fresh water to replace losses from evaporation that once came from sea water.

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