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Sediments in King Sound and Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, Australia

14.8S 125.6E

September 15th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Australia - September 8th, 2011

Sediments can be observed in two large gulfs along the coast of northwestern Australia: King Sound, a large gulf that expands from the mouth of the Fitzroy River (lower left quadrant), and the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, which receives sediments from the Ord and Victoria Rivers (right of center).

In the upper left quadrant, the island of Timor, at the southern end of Maritime Southeast Asia, can be observed. The island is divided between the independent state of East Timor, and West Timor, belonging to the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara.

Lake Argyle and Sediments in Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, Australia – August 11th, 2011

16.1S 128.7E

August 11th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Sediments

Australia - July 24th, 2011

Sediments drain into Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, a large body of water off the coast of the Northern Territory, Australia and Western Australia, giving its southern portion an opaque tan color. The Ord River and Victoria River drain into the gulf.

Visible to the south is Lake Argyle, Australia’s second largest artificial lake by volume. It is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and its primary inflow is the Ord River, while the Bow River and many other smaller creeks also flow into the dam.

Sediments from Ord and Victoria Rivers in Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, Australia – November 17th, 2010

13S 128.0E

November 17th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

Australia - November 9th, 2010

Thick tan sediments from the Ord and Victoria Rivers drain into the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, a large body of water off the coast of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Visible to the south is Lake Argyle, Australia’s second largest artificial lake by volume. It is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme, and its primary inflow is the Ord River. The Bow River and many other smaller creeks also flow into the dam.

Lakes and Rivers in Western Australia

16.4S 126.1E

December 18th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Australia - November 30th, 2009

Australia - November 30th, 2009

While the Fitzroy River releases tan sediments into King Sound on the northern coastline of Western Australia, several other bodies of water have a whitish color.

Lake Argyle, upper right quadrant, appears silvery white due to sun glint. It is Australia’s second largest artificial lake by volume and is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. To the south, in the lower right quadrant, Lake Mackay also appears whitish, although this is due to salts and other minerals carried to the surface by evaporation.

West of Lake Mackay are the Rudall River, which connects to the seasonal salty Lake Dora. South of those two bodies of water is Lake Disappointment, an ephemeral salt lake.

Lake Argyle on the Kimberley Plateau, Australia

16.1S 128.7E

December 2nd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Australia - November 24th, 2009

Australia - November 24th, 2009

Lake Argyle is Australia’s second largest artificial lake by volume. It is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and is located near the East Kimberley town of Kununurra in Western Australia. The primary inflow is the Ord River, while the Bow River and many other smaller creeks also flow into the dam.

The lake filled to capacity in 1973, flooding large parts of the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley on the Kimberley Plateau, about eighty kilometres inland from the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, close to the border with the Northern Territory.

Lake Argyle normally has a surface area of about 1,000 square kilometres. The storage capacity, to the top of the spillway is 10,763,000 megalitres. Lake Argyle’s usual storage volume is 5,797,000 megalitres, making it the second largest reservoir in Australia. At maximum flood level, the lake would hold 35 million megalitres of water and cover a surface area of 2,072 square kilometres.

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