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Bush Fires Destroy Dozens of Houses in Australia’s South East

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February 10th, 2014 Category: Fires VIIRS/MODISSuomi-NPP/Aqua

Australia – February 10th, 2014

Fires – Day/Night Images

Thousands of firefighters in Australia are battling wildfires across the country’s south-east which have destroyed dozens of homes and set a coal mine alight.

The worst of the fires spread in swirling winds across the state of Victoria, which faced its worst threat since the Black Saturday fires in February 2009 which killed 173 people.

The fires, which include a blaze with a front more than 24 miles long, have spread across the state and reached the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city.

Thousands of people were evacuated across the state, more than 30,000 residents spent the night without power and some rural train services were suspended. No lives have been reported lost but further losses of homes are expected.

In Kilmore, a town about 35 miles north of Melbourne, residents said the damage was “horrendous”.
Firefighters from interstate and from New Zealand joined the battle, as authorities deployed more than 200 tankers and 21 aircraft. Police are investigating nine cases of arson, which may have contributed to the 150-odd fires that have broken out in recent days.

Milder conditions have assisted fire crews but about 48 blazes in Victoria remain out of control. A fire has broken out in an open-cut coal mine in the Latrobe Valley, east of Melbourne, which is likely to take several days to control.

Source “The Telegraph”

Wildfires in Victoria, Australia

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May 9th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – May 9th, 2013

Red markers indicate the locations of wildfires near the coast of Victoria, Australia, southwest of Port Phillip Bay, near Melbourne. One fire exudes a plume of smoke that blows due southeast, over the Bass Strait. The fires appear to be located in mountainous, wooded regions, and thus are likely wildfires burning through woodland rather than agricultural in nature.

Melbourne and Phytoplankton Near Tasmania, Australia

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November 20th, 2010 Category: Phytoplankton

Australia - November 9th, 2010

A faint phytoplankton bloom can be observed in the Tasman Sea, between the Australian mainland (above) and the island of Tasmania (below).

The city of Melbourne can be observed on the mainland, on the shores of Port Phillip, a large bay in southern Victoria, Australia. Geographically, the bay covers 1930 km2 and the shore stretches roughly 264 km. Although it is extremely shallow for its size, most of the bay is navigable.

Corner Inlet Along Coast of Victoria, Australia

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December 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - November 17th, 2009

Australia - November 17th, 2009

Corner Inlet is a 600 km2 bay, 200 km south-east of Melbourne, in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. It is visible along the southernmost extension of the coastline in this image. Of Victoria’s large bays it is both the easternmost and the warmest.

Corner Inlet contains intertidal mudflats, mangroves, salt marsh and seagrass meadows. It is sheltered from the surf of the Bass Strait by a complex of 40 sandy barrier islands, the largest of which are Snake, Sunday and Saint Margaret Islands. It adjoins Wilsons Promontory in the west, extends to Ninety Mile Beach in the east, and supports large numbers of migratory waders and other birds as well a rich marine flora and fauna.

It is protected as a Ramsar site, by the Nooramunga and Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Parks, and by part of it lying within the 1550 ha Corner Inlet Marine National Park. However, the surrounding land was originally covered by forest which has mostly since been cleared.

Vegetation Index of Coastal Victoria and New South Wales, Australia

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December 12th, 2009 Category: Climate Change

Australia - November 17th, 2009

Australia - November 17th, 2009

The vegetated coastal areas of the Australian states of Victoria (below) and New South Wales (above) appear as a green band in this FAPAR image. FAPAR, or Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation, corresponds to the vegetation index of a given area.

In FAPAR images, the color spectrum over land runs from red (1.0), to green, to yellow and white (0.0), while bodies of water appear blue. Here, the most photosynthetically active (red) areas are in the south near Melbourne. Much of this area is within national parks such as Alpine National Park, east of the city, Grampians National Park, west of Melbourne, and Wyperfeld National Park, northwest of the city.