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High Floodwaters of the Norman River, Queensland, Australia

April 20th, 2009 Category: Floods

Coast of Queensland, Australia - April 14th, 2009

Coast of Queensland, Australia - April 14th, 2009

Flooded Norman River - source: ABC Australia

Flooded Norman River

Queensland, Australia, has been having serious troubles with flooding over the last few months.

Here, a great deal of sediments are visible in the Gulf of Carpentaria, off the western coast of Queensland, near the base of the Cape York Peninsula. The mouth of the Norman River, which has experienced particularly high floodwaters, is to the right.

The photo shows the Norman River, upstream from Normanton, in flood this year. The normal watercourse can be identified by the two parallel rows of  treetops, almost completely submerged in the high waters.

Queensland, Australia Once Again Hit by Floods

April 14th, 2009 Category: Floods

Queensland, Australia - April 13th, 2009

Queensland, Australia - April 13th, 2009

Queensland, Australia, continues to have serious problems with flooding this month.

On Monday, high floodwaters returned to the southeastern area of the state, covered by clouds in this image, with some places receiving  almost 20 centimeters of rainfall, reported the Gold Coast Mail.

The floods blocked roads, damaged homes, and stranded people, many of whom had to be rescued by Australia’s emergency services.

Here, the eastern coast of the Cape York Peninsula is veiled by clouds, and a convective area looms offshore near the tip.

On the cloud-free western coast, rivers with high water can be seen discharging sediments into the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Norman River, located where the peninsula curves into the mainland, is particularly loaded with silt.

Flooding in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia

February 20th, 2009 Category: Floods, Rivers

Queensland, Australia - February 19th, 2009

Queensland, Australia - February 19th, 2009

Close-up of river

Close-up of river

The Norman River, in Queensland, Australia, is full os sediments dredged up by the heavy rains that have been affecting the region over the last few weeks.

While the southern part of the country copes with the aftermath of the wildfires, Queensland is dealing with some of the worst flooding it has experienced in thirty years, reports the BBC.

Officials have reported that 62% of the state is affected by flooding, with many areas completely submerged, as small creeks quickly became rivers.

Fresh water, food and water treatment equipment were airlifted into the far northern town of Karumba, visible here at the mouth of the Norman River, which has been isolated by high waters for more than a month.

South of Queensland, the state of New South Wales has also been experiencing problems with flooding. Five areas on the state’s mid-north coast have been declared natural disaster zones.

High water has isolated about 5,000 people in towns, villages and farms across the state’s north, emergency officials said.

Flooding in Queensland, Australia

February 17th, 2009 Category: Floods, Rivers

Queensland, Australia - February 15th, 2009

Queensland, Australia - February 15th, 2009

Several rivers running across the Cape York Peninsula, in the Queensland region of Northern Australia, can be seen here.

The eastern coast of Queensland is currently experiencing problems with flooding in cities and towns such as Cairns, Ingham, Townsville and Charters Towers.

Early storms usually start in October and then the wet season carries on from the end of January until April; however, the area is receiving more rain than it has in years, reported the BBC.

This region of Australia appeared much drier the last time it was observed (click here), as the terrain was brownish-red in color. In this current image, taken in the middle of  the wet season, with an olive-colored landscape that enjoys some very vivid green patches.

The tan, sediment-filled river to the south is the Norman River, which originates in the Gregory Range and flows 420 km northwest to the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is joined by two major tributaries, the Clara and Yappar Rivers.

North of the Norman River, the Gilbert-Einasleigh River can be seen running horizontally across the peninsula. It is one of the largest river systems in northern Australia.

Although it is a seasonal stream and discharge can vary greatly depending on the intensity of the monsoon, the Gilbert-Einasleigh has the sixth-highest discharge of any river in Australia.

It is estimated that runoff from the Gilbert-Einasleigh system totals about 2.2 percent of the total runoff from Australia.

Finally, the Mitchell River is visible above the Gilbert-Einasleigh.  The river begins on the Atherton Tableland about 50 kilometres (31 mi) northwest of Cairns, and flows about 750 kilometres (470 mi) northwest across Cape York Peninsula to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The river’s watershed covers an area of 71,757 km2 (27,706 sq mi). The Mitchell River has the state’s largest discharge, but is intermittent and may be dry for part of the year.

Its tributaries (from east to west) include the Tate River, Lynd River, Walsh River, Palmer River and Alice River.

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