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Fires in South Australia, Smoke Over Great Australian Bight

31.3S 131.7E

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 Cape York Peninsula, Australia

15.7S 143.2E

February 8th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Australia - January 5th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the Cape York Peninsula, a large remote peninsula located in Far North Queensland at the tip of the state of Queensland, Australia. The central part of the base shows a low vegetation index (yellow). On the other hand, the land along the rivers and the coastlines shows a good vegetation index (green) that becomes high (rusty red) in some places, particularly along the eastern coast.

Although the land is mostly flat and about half of the area is used for grazing cattle, and wildlife is threatened by introduced species and weeds, the relatively undisturbed eucalyptus wooded savannahs, tropical rainforests and other types of habitat are now recognized for their global environmental significance.

Salt Flats, Mountain Ranges and Gulfs in South Australia – April 18th, 2011

31.8S 137.9E

April 18th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Australia - March 31st, 2011

Several salt lakes appear as white salt flats in this image of South Australia, the largest of which are Lake Gardner (left) and Lake Torrens (right). Also visible in the full image is Lake Frome, further east.

Running between Lakes Torrens and Frome are the Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia. The ranges appear here as a dark brown area.

South of the ranges and Lake Torrens is the Spencer Gulf, appearing green from sediments and algal growth. To the southeast of Spencer Gulf, in the full image, is Gulf St. Vincent.

Area of Convection Over South Australia

27.6S 138.5E

February 23rd, 2011 Category: Clouds, Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Australia - January 31st, 2011

An interesting, ball-shaped area of convection can be observed in South Australia, north of the Spencer Gulf. This area of convection was present at the same time Tropical Cyclone Yasi (11P) was affecting Queensland, Australia, to the north.

Several of the rivers in Australia’s Channel Country can be observed as brown lines just northwest of the convective area. To the southwest, Lake Torrens and Lake Gardner appear as large white salt flats.

Salt Flats, Mountains and Gulfs Near Adelaide, Australia – November 30th, 2010

34.9S 138.6E

November 30th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats, Sediments

Australia - November 9th, 2010

Sediments are present into the Spencer Gulf (west) and Gulf St. Vincent (east), the two of which are separated by the Yorke Peninsula. The city of Adelaide is located by the shores of Gulf St. Vincent.

Moving inland from the apex of Spencer Gulf, the Flinders Ranges appear as a dark brown area. In the full image, the almost swirled shape of the individual ridges can be observed. The ranges lie between Lake Torrens (west) and Lake Frome (east). Both are usually dry salt flats, hence the whitish grey color.