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Sediments in Broad Sound, Australia

22S 150.3E

May 20th, 2013 Category: Sediments

Australia – May 20th, 2013

Broad Sound is a large bay on the east coast of Australia, in the state of Queensland 675 km northwest of the state capital, Brisbane. It is about 50 km long and 20 km across at its widest point. The Torilla Peninsula forms the eastern side of the bay; Shoalwater Bay is on the other side of the peninsula.

The bay has a low-lying coastline with wide mudflats exposed at low tide and backed by extensive areas of mangroves. Here, sediments can be seen spilling out of the sound. The head of the bay has the greatest tidal range on Australia’s east coast – around 9 m.

The coastline is punctuated by the mangrove-lined estuaries of several rivers and creeks, including Herbert and St Lawrence Creeks and the Styx River. Behind the mangroves is a hinterland of low, rounded hills covered by a mix of grassland and low eucalypt woodland or forest. The climate is subtropical with a dry winter.

The extensive tracts of mangroves and mudflats, comprising some 1200 km2 in the southern part of the bay, have been classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area.

Fires Near Central Queensland Coast, Australia

22.2S 150.1E

December 16th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – December 16th, 2012

Many fires can be seen near the coast of Queensland, Australia. Most are clustered in the lower right quadrant, although two others can be seen near the left edge. The plume closest to the shoreline is located just south of Shoalwater Bay, a large bay on the Capricorn Coast of Central Queensland. The bay is bounded by the Torilla Peninsula to the west and the Warginburra Peninsula and Leicester and Townshend islands to the east.

Sediments Pouring into Broad Sound, Australia

22S 150.3E

May 15th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Australia - May 15th, 2012

Tan sediments flow into Broad Sound, a large bay on the east coast of Australia. It is located in the state of Queensland 675 km northwest of the state capital, Brisbane. The Torilla Peninsula forms the eastern side of the bay; Shoalwater Bay is on the other side of the peninsula.

The sound is about 50 km long and 20 km across at its widest point. It has a low-lying coastline with wide mudflats exposed at low tide and backed by extensive areas of mangroves. The head of the bay has the greatest tidal range on Australia’s east coast – around 9 m. The coastline is punctuated by the mangrove-lined estuaries of several rivers and creeks, including Herbert and St Lawrence Creeks and the Styx River. Behind the mangroves is a hinterland of low, rounded hills covered by a mix of grassland and low eucalypt woodland or forest. The climate is subtropical with a dry winter.

Broad Sound on Queensland Coast, Australia – June 4th, 2010

22.2S 149.8E

June 4th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Australia - June 1st, 2010

Australia - June 1st, 2010

Broad Sound is a large bay on the east coast of Australia, located in the state of Queensland 675 km northwest of the state capital, Brisbane.

The Torilla Peninsula forms the eastern side of the bay; Shoalwater Bay is on the other side of the peninsula. The Styx River flows into Broad Sound, emptying brown sediments into its waters.

Broad Sound and Great Barrier Reef, Australia – July 9th, 2009

22.2S 149.8E

July 9th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Australia - June 29th, 2009

Australia - June 29th, 2009

Broad Sound

Broad Sound

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Tan sediments spill out of Broad Sound, a large bay on the east coast of Queensland, Australia, towards the Great Barrier Reef.

The Torilla Peninsula forms the eastern side of the bay; Shoalwater Bay is on the other side of the peninsula. The Styx River flows into Broad Sound.

Such a large presence of sediments is not surprising, as Broad Sound is noted for its large tidal range  of up to 9 metres.

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