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Sediments from the Flinders River, Australia

17.8S 140.5E

May 24th, 2013 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Australia – May 24th, 2013

Predicted climate change for the Australian tropics includes higher temperatures, a more intense monsoon, general increase in rainfall intensities, possible marked increase in heavy rains, more floods and dry spells, increased potential evaporation and enhanced topographic effects on rainfall. To predict river response to climate change and agricultural development, scientists have studied the condition of existing rivers in the Australian tropics, such as the Flinders River, visible here spilling sediments into the southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The Flinders River is the longest river in Queensland, Australia at about 1004 km, and the sixth longest river in all of the country. The river rises in the Burra Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, and flows into the Gulf of Carpentaria 25 km west of Karumba, Queensland. The catchment covers 109,000 kmĀ², in which anabranching rivers predominate, with confined and constrained rivers also present. (click here for more information).

Sediments from Flinders and Burke Rivers in Gulf of Carpinteria, Australia

17.4S 140.8E

May 8th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Australia - May 2nd, 2011

Sediments line the southern coast of the Gulf of Carpinteria in Queensland, Australia, giving the waters a greenish tinge. Rivers such as the Flinders (right) and Burke (left) empty into this part of the gulf.

A cluster of islands can be observed in the southern reaches of the gulf: the South Wellesley Islands. The mainland shoreline, on the other hand, is known as Gulf Country. It is a region of woodland and savanna grassland surrounding the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Fires in Queensland, Australia – July 28th, 2009

17.5S 138.6E

July 28th, 2009 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia - July 26th, 2009

Australia - July 26th, 2009

Fires

Fires

The Flinders River and others spill sediments into the Gulf of Carpentaria, creating tan, green and turquoise patterns off the shores of Queensland, Australia.

Inland, in the upper right quadrant, two plumes of smoke from a wildfire blow in a northwesterly direction. The vegetation of the northern parts of Australia is mostly grasslands and tropical savannas, which become extremely dry and prone to wildfires when the rainy season ends. The dry season lasts from May to October; therefore, such fires are typical at this time of year.

Green Vegetation Around Flinders River, Australia

April 29th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Over the last months, Australia has battled severe flooding caused by heavy wet-season rains. This image shows the Flinders River system in northern Queensland.

The Flinders River catchment is located in north west Queensland and drains an area of approximately 109,000 square kilometres.

The river rises in the Great Dividing Range and flows initially in a westerly direction towards Julia Creek, before flowing north to the vast savannah country downstream of Canobie.

It passes through its delta and finally into the Gulf of Carpentaria, 25 kilometres west of Karumba. The Cloncurry and Corella Rivers, its major tributaries, enter the river from the southwest above Canobie.

Queensland was the state hit hardest by the flooding, as over 1 million square kilometers of land flooded, according to the AFP.

The heavy rains also led to increased plant growth. Here, the land around the river appears bright green from vegetation, in contrast to drier red earth farther from the river.

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