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Fire by Great Dividing Range, Australia

24.5S 146.2E

November 28th, 2012 Category: Fires, Mountains

Australia – November 26th, 2012

A fire in the upper right quadrant of this image of Australia releases a plume of white smoke towards the southwest. The fire is located in Queensland by the Great Dividing Range, or the Eastern Highlands, Australia’s most substantial mountain range. The third longest in the world, the range stretches more than 3,500 kilometres (2,175 mi) from Dauan Island off the northeastern tip of Queensland, running the entire length of the eastern coastline through New South Wales, then into Victoria and turning west, before finally fading into the central plain at the Grampians in western Victoria.

Lachlan River Passing Nombinnie and Round Hill Nature Reserves, Australia

33.1S 145.7E

January 2nd, 2010 Category: Rivers

Australia - December 18th, 2009

Australia - December 18th, 2009

The Lachlan River, below, flows past the Nombinnie and Round Hill Nature Reserves in central New South Wales, Australia. The two reserves are identifiable as a large brown area just north of the river. They share a boundary towards the center of this brown area, with the Round Hill Nature Reserve to the East and the Nombinnie to the West.

The Lachlan River rises in the central highland of New South Wales, part of the Great Dividing Range, 13 km east of Gunning. Its major headwaters, the Carcoar River, the Belubula River and the Abercrombie River converge near the town of Cowra. Minor tributaries include the Morongla Creek.

The northern parts of Round Hill Nature Reserve are located on the edge of the Cobar peneplain and the remainder is sand hill and plains country. Along with Yathong and Nombinnie nature reserves, Round Hill forms part of one of the largest contiguous blocks of mallee in western NSW.

The reserve includes habitats of malleefowl, shy hylacola, southern scrub robin, pink cockatoo, red lored whistler, chestnut quail thrush, ningaui and western blue tongue lizard. Principal management objectives include the maintenance of habitat diversity, encouragement of regeneration and protection of rare plant and animal species.

The majority of the Nombinnie Nature Reserve is located on the extensive dune fields of the Darling depression. Some areas of riverine plains are present near Willandra Creek. Principal management objectives include the maintenance of habitat diversity, encouragement of regeneration and protection of rare plant and animal species.

Apart from the mallee, the vegetation is made up of stands of white cypress pine woodlands, woodlands of bimble box and red box, black box in depressions, lignum, belah woodlands in association with western rosewood, wilga, leafless cherry and warrior bush. A variety of endangered fauna including malleefowl, red lored whistler, southern scrub robin and pink cockatoo are present in the reserve. Over 90 species of birds are known from the area.

Smoke Billows from Wildfires in Queensland, Australia – November 7th, 2009

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November 7th, 2009 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Fires on Cape York Peninsula, Australia - November 3rd, 2009

Fires on Cape York Peninsula, Australia - November 3rd, 2009

Fires in Queensland, Australia - November 4th, 2009

Fires in Queensland, Australia - November 4th, 2009

Thick plumes of smoke from multiple wildfires on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia, billow to the west towards the Gulf of Carpentaria in the main image, taken November 3rd.

The long trail of smoke originating near the east coast is from a wildfire in the Iron Range National Park. The other fires visible, on the other hand, appear to be outside national park areas. Also visible off the eastern shores is a section of the Great Barrier Reef.

The second image, taken the day after, focuses on fires further to the southeast in Queensland, in the Buckland Tableland area of the Great Dividing Range Mountains. This area, part of the Carnarvon National Park, consists of a complex of mountain ranges, plateaus, upland areas and escarpments with an ancient and complex geological history.

Other areas of Queensland are also at risk for fires, and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has thus put fire bans into affect for North Burnett, Fraser Coast, South Burnett, Gympie, Cherbourg, Bundaberg, Whitsunday, Burdekin, Townsville, Charters Towers, Richmond, Mackay, Isaac, Banana, Gladstone and Rockhampton. The bans will remain in place until midnight on Monday, November 9th, although they may be extended again if dangerous fire conditions continue.

Gradual Terrain Changes in Southern Australia – December 5th, 2008

December 5th, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Southern Australia - December 1st, 2008

Southern Australia - December 1st, 2008

This clear image shows the geographic diversity of the state of New South Wales, Australia (open full image for larger, panaromic view).

Visible on the far left, the western plains comprise almost two-thirds of New South Wales and are mostly arid or semi-arid. The extremely irregular Darlington River is located in this region.

Moving eastward, the western slopes rise gradually. They fill a significant portion of the state’s area. Much farmland can be observed, as agriculture is the central to the economy of this region. This area, however, is much more sparsely populated than that near the coast.

The terrain becomes greener and less arid continuing eastward towards the Great Dividing Range, which extends from Victoria in the south through New South Wales to Queensland, parallel to the narrow coastal plain.

This area includes the Snowy Mountains, the Northern, Central and Southern Tablelands, the Southern Highlands and the South West Slopes. Whilst not particularly steep, many peaks of the range rise above 1,000 metres (3,280 ft).

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