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The Furneaux Island Group, Australia

39.9S 148.0E

December 8th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - November 17th, 2009

Australia - November 17th, 2009

The Furneaux Group (upper half of image) is a group of 52 islands, at the eastern end of Bass Strait, between Victoria and Tasmania (lower half) in Australia. The largest islands in the group are (from north to south) Flinders Island, Cape Barren Island and Clarke Island.

Flinders Island is approximately 62 km from north to south, and 37 km from east to west. Its total land area is 1333 kmĀ². The coastal areas are mainly covered in scrub or shrubs, whereas the vegetation at a higher elevation consists of woodland, mainly eucalyptus species.

About a third of the island is mountainous and rugged with ridges of granite running the length of the island. With a height of 756 m, Mount Strzelecki in the south west is the island’s highest peak.

The coastal areas are dominated by sandy deposits often taking the shape of dunes. Many coastal lagoons punctuate the eastern shore, formed by dunes blocking further drainage. This drainage is mainly provided by many small streams, few of them permanently flowing, directly leading to the waters of Bass Strait or such a lagoon.

Northern Section of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia – December 26th, 2008

December 26th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia - October 30th, 2008

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia - October 30th, 2008

Despite the presence of some clouds in this image, we can still see some vertebra-like coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

The section of the reef visible in the image is one of the northernmost segments, located along the eastern coast of the Cape York Peninsula in the Queensland region.

The largest islands visible, towards the center, are Flinders Island and Blackwook Island, at the tip of Cape Melville, in Bathurst Bay. The larger bay to the southwest is Princess Charlotte Bay.

All of the area visible in this image is part of the Far North section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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