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Fire Near Sydney, Australia

33.8S 151.2E

April 2nd, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – April 2nd, 2013

A large, white plume of smoke from a wildfire blazing in a forest near the city of Sydney (visible as a tan area by the coast), in New South Wales, Australia, fans out as it blows southeastward. Earlier this year, the region was stricken with fires due to soaring temperatures, a lack of rain and high winds.

Sydney and Hawkesbury River, Australia – February 22nd, 2011

33.8S 151.2E

February 22nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Australia - February 1st, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the hilly area around Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and the largest city in Australia. The city is located along the southeast coast by the Tasman Sea.

Visible to the north of the city is the Hawkesbury River, also known as Deerubbun, is one of the major rivers of the coastal region of New South Wales. The river and its tributaries virtually encircle the metropolitan region of Sydney.

Plains and Mountainous Plateaux Around Sydney, Australia

33.8S 151.2E

December 26th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - November 30th, 2009

Australia - November 30th, 2009

Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales, is the largest city in Australia. It is located on low hills on the country’s southeast coast along an inlet of the Tasman Sea, in the lower half of this orthorectified image.

Sydney’s urban area is in a coastal basin, which is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the East, the Blue Mountains to the West, the Hawkesbury River to the North and the Royal National Park to the South. It lies on a submergent coastline, where the ocean level has risen to flood deep river valleys (ria) carved in the hawkesbury sandstone. Port Jackson, better known as Sydney Harbour, is one such ria and is the largest natural harbour in the world.

Geographically, Sydney lies over two regions: the Cumberland Plain, a relatively flat region lying to the south and west of the harbour, and the Hornsby Plateau, a sandstone plateau lying mainly to the north of the harbour and dissected by steep valleys. The parts of the city with the oldest European development are located in the flat areas south of the harbour. The North Shore was slower to develop because of its hilly topography and lack of access across the harbour.

Huge Dust Storm Blows Off Coast of Australia to New Zealand

27.4S 153.0E

September 25th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms, Fires

Dust off Northern Coast of Australia - September 23rd, 2009

Dust off Northern Coast of Australia - September 23rd, 2009

Dust arching towards New Zealand - September 23rd, 2009

Dust arching towards New Zealand - September 23rd, 2009

A huge outback dust storm – 500 km (310 mi) wide by 1,000 km (620 mi) long – swept across eastern Australia and blanketed Sydney on Wednesday, September 23rd, disrupting flights and ground transportation and forcing people indoors for shelter from the hazardous air, gale-force winds, and in some places hailstorms.

The dust storm Wednesday had shrouded Sydney and surrounding areas for about eight hours, blotting out landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge and even reaching underground to coat subway stations.

The haze, churned by powerful winds that lifted thousands of tons of topsoil from the arid and drought-stricken inland, was visible from space, appearing as a huge brown smudge in satellite photographs of Australia.

As it cleared away from Sydney on Wednesday afternoon, the dust moved north along the heavily populated eastern coastal area clogging skies over the Queensland state capital of Brisbane.

The main image shows dust off the coast of Queensland, partially veiling the Great Barrier Reef offshore. Several wildfires can also be seen along the coastline towards the center left. The second image shows the dust arching eastward, over to New Zealand, which is hidden below the clouds on the right side of the image.

Sydney, Australia

33.8S 151.2E

August 14th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Australia - July 13th, 2009

Australia - July 13th, 2009

Sydney is the largest city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.34 million (2008 estimate). It is the state capital of New South Wales, and was the site of the first British colony in Australia.

Situated on Australia’s south-east coast along an inlet of the Tasman Sea, Sydney is built on low hills surrounding Port Jackson. The metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, and contains many bays, rivers and inlets.

One such river is the Nepean, visible near the left edge of this orthorectified image. The headwaters of the Nepean River rise near Robertson, about 100 kilometres south of Sydney and about 15 kilometres from the coast. The river flows north in an unpopulated water catchment area into Nepean Dam, which supplies water for Sydney.

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