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Salty Surfaces of Lakes Gairdner and Torrens, Australia

31.6S 136.0E

February 14th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Australia – January 26th, 2013

Several salt lakes that usually remain dry can be observed in this image of South Australia. By the top center is Lake Torrens.  Usually a dry salt flat, it has only been filled with water once in the past 150 years. Thunderstorms occasionally provide a small amount of water in the lake, when this occurs the area attracts a variety of birdlife.

Visible to its west is Lake Gairdner, a large endorheic lake in central South Australia, in the Gawler Ranges. When it is flooded, it is considered the fourth largest salt lake in Australia. The lake is over 160 km (99 mi) long and 48 km (30 mi) across with salt over 1.2 metres (4 ft) thick in some places.

Fires in Tasmania and Victoria, Australia

38S 140.9E

January 9th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – January 7th, 2013

Australia has been hit by hit temperatures, dry conditions, and strong winds over the last week, making for dangerous fire conditions. As over 130 fires burn in New South Wales, 40 of which have not yet been contained (click here for other images), blazes are also affecting Tasmania (bottom right) and Victoria (upper left). The fire in Victoria is located near the coast and the border with South Australia. The blaze on the Tasman peninsula is currently uncontrolled, and is located near areas already hit by blazes over the weekend.

Fires in South Australia, Smoke Over Great Australian Bight

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November 13th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – November 10th, 2012

Fires in southern South Australia, near the border with Western Australia (left) release plumes of smoke that blow in a generally southerly direction. The plume from the fire closest to the shoreline blows over the Great Australian Bight. Two other large bodies of water can be observed to the east in the full image: Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent.

Vegetation Index of Southeastern Australia During Summer

36.5S 142.9E

June 20th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Australia - December 31st, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of parts of South Australia (upper left quadrant), New South Wales (upper right quadrant) and Tasmania (lower right quadrant) during the country’s summer season. The index is highest (green) by the southern coast and southeastern part of New South Wales and on the island of Tasmania. The terrain of South Australia and further inland in New South Wales shows a very low (light yellow) index.

Intertwined Rivulets of Australia’s Channel Country

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May 21st, 2012 Category: Rivers

Australia - May 15th, 2012

The Channel Country is region of outback Australia located mostly in the state of Queensland but also in portions of South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales. The name comes from the numerous intertwined rivulets that cross the region, which cover 150,000 km². Here, those intertwined bodies of water appear as green strands across the region. In the full image, Lake Eyre, the ephemeral lake that receives the drainage from those rivers when there is enough rainfall, can be observed in the lower left corner.