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Fires Southwest of Mornington Island, Australia

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April 24th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – April 24th, 2013

Fires can be seen near the coast of the Gulf of Carpinteria, southwest of Mornington Island, in Queensland, Australia, near the border with the Northern Territory. Most of the fires are located in a cluster in the lower left quadrant of the image.

Wave Clouds by Mornington Island, Australia

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August 16th, 2012 Category: Clouds

Australia – August 16th, 2012

The atmospheric internal waves that form wave clouds are created as stable air flows over a raised land feature. In this image, the raised land feature is Mornington Island, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. As an air mass travels through the wave, it undergoes repeated uplift and descent. If there is enough moisture in the atmosphere, clouds will form at the cooled crests of these waves. In the descending part of the wave, those clouds will evaporate due to adiabatic heating, leading to the characteristic clouded and clear bands.

Sediments and Phytoplankton in Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia – June 15th, 2012

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June 15th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton, Sediments

Australia - June 7th, 2012

The Gulf of Carpentaria is a large, shallow sea enclosed on three sides by northern Australia and bounded on the north by the Arafura Sea (the body of water that lies between Australia and New Guinea). This image focuses on the lower reaches of the gulf, by Queensland. Sediments can be seen along the shoreline, particularly south and southwest of Mornington Island, the largest of the islands in the Wellesley Islands group. Around the sediments and further out into the gulf, phytoplankton can be observed as well, probably fed by nutrients in the coastal runoff.

Gulf Country at Beginning of Dry Season, Australia

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April 10th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Australia - April 9th, 2012

Several rivers can be seen by the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, in Australia. However, sediments can only be observed along the portion of the coast belonging to the Shire of Burke, south of Mornington Island. The land bordering the Gulf is generally flat and low-lying. The area to the south is known as the Gulf Country. This image was captured at the beginning of the region’s dry season, which lasts from about April until November and is characterized by very dry southeast to east winds, generated by migratory winter high pressure systems to the south.

Sun Glint by Shores of Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia

March 7th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Australia - December 30th, 2011

The waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria, by the Gulf Country region of the Australia state of Queensland, appear whitish in color due to sun glint. The glint is particularly strong in the series of bays by the coast, which appear bright silver in color. Stretching downward from the bays to the lower edge of the image is the Flinders River, also silver from glint.

Visible in the gulf in the left half of the image is Mornington Island, the northernmost and largest of 22 islands that form the Wellesley Islands group. The island is part of the Gulf Country Region. Its general topography is flat with the maximum elevation of 500 feet (150 metres). The island is fringed by mangrove forests and contains 10 estuaries.