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South Australia from Yorke Peninsula to Flinders Ranges

35S 137.2E

June 26th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Sediments

Australia - June 1st, 2010

Australia - June 1st, 2010

This image shows part of South Australia, near Adelaide. By the coast, the Yorke Peninsula separates two gulfs: Spencer Gulf on the west and Gulf St. Vincent on the east. The former is greenish in color from an outflow of sediments; fewer are present in the latter.

Inland, the terrain is greener and more fertile to the southeast, and more arid towards the north. The dark brown areas in the lower right quadrant are national parks and forest conversation areas. In the upper left quadrant, the lower reaches of the Flinders Ranges appear dark brown.

Green Sediments in Spencer Gulf, Australia

34.3S 136.8E

June 7th, 2010 Category: Sediments

Australia - June 1st, 2010

Australia - June 1st, 2010

Greenish sediments flow into the Spencer Gulf (upper left quadrant), a triangular inlet of the Indian Ocean that indents the southeastern coast of South Australia, between the Eyre and Yorke peninsulas. Its maximum width is 80 miles (130 km) and overall length 200 miles (320 km).

The Sir Joseph Banks, Thistle, Gambier, and Neptune islands are located in its 50-mile- (80-kilometre-) wide mouth. Mangrove swamps line the eastern shore and marine fibre beds the western. Major ports are Whyalla, Port Pirie, and Port Augusta (near the head of the inlet) and Port Lincoln (at the entrance on the west).

The Yorke Peninsula Near Adelaide, Australia, and Nearby Lakes

35S 137.2E

April 14th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

The Yorke Peninsula is a peninsula located north-west and west of Adelaide in South Australia, Australia, between Spencer Gulf on the west and Gulf St Vincent on the east. The peninsula is separated from Kangaroo Island to the southeast by Investigator Strait.

Principal towns include the Copper Triangle towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo; farming centres of Maitland, Minlaton and Yorketown; and the port of Ardrossan. A number of smaller coastal towns are popular destinations for fishing and holidays, particularly from Adelaide. The south-western tip is occupied by Innes National Park.d

Two lakes can also be seen near the peninsula: the green lake east of Kangaroo Island, near the shoreline, is Lake Alexandrina, and the bright white patch in the upper left quadrant is the saline, endorheic Lake Gairdner.

Spencer Gulf and Mount Remarkable National Park, South Australia

October 13th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - September 1st, 2009

Australia - September 1st, 2009

Spencer Gulf is the westernmost of two large inlets on the southern coast of Australia, in the state of South Australia, facing the Great Australian Bight. The Gulf is 322 km (200 mi) long and 129 km (80 mi) wide at its mouth. The western shore of the gulf is the Eyre Peninsula, while the eastern side is the Yorke Peninsula.

The land west of the gulf appears quite arid, while that to the east is green and covered with vegetation and agriculture. The two dark brown areas amidst the green are mountains: Mount Brown (above) and Mount Remarkable (below). This area is protected as part of the Mount Remarkable National Park, with a surface area of more than 160 kmĀ².

The Eyre Peninsula, Australia

May 10th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Eyre Peninsula is a triangular peninsula in South Australia. It is bounded on the east by Spencer Gulf, the west by the Great Australian Bight, and the north by the Gawler Ranges.

The area is also known as the Eyre Coastal Plain, of which it is a distinct physiographic section of the larger Eucla Basin province, which in turn is part of the larger West Australian Shield division.

The peninsula’s major industry is farming, although many coastal towns also have commercial fishing. In the drier northern parts of the peninsula, farming is mainly related to cereal crops, sheep, and cattle.

In the south, however, more water-intensive activities such as dairy farming are carried out. There is also a growing wine industry in the south.

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