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Sediments and Phytoplankton in Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia – June 15th, 2012

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June 15th, 2012 Category: Phytoplankton, Sediments

Australia - June 7th, 2012

The Gulf of Carpentaria is a large, shallow sea enclosed on three sides by northern Australia and bounded on the north by the Arafura Sea (the body of water that lies between Australia and New Guinea). This image focuses on the lower reaches of the gulf, by Queensland. Sediments can be seen along the shoreline, particularly south and southwest of Mornington Island, the largest of the islands in the Wellesley Islands group. Around the sediments and further out into the gulf, phytoplankton can be observed as well, probably fed by nutrients in the coastal runoff.

Sediments by Wellesley Islands, Australia

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May 18th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Australia - May 15th, 2012

Rivers can be seen flowing across northern Queensland, Australia, and into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Here, the sediments deposited by them appear tan in color, and more concentrated by the left edge of the image, just south of the Wellesley Islands. Hazy streaks can be seen across the gulf and part of the mainland; these may be caused by air currents flowing across smoke released by wildfires that were previously burning in the area.

Sun Glint by Shores of Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia

March 7th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Australia - December 30th, 2011

The waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria, by the Gulf Country region of the Australia state of Queensland, appear whitish in color due to sun glint. The glint is particularly strong in the series of bays by the coast, which appear bright silver in color. Stretching downward from the bays to the lower edge of the image is the Flinders River, also silver from glint.

Visible in the gulf in the left half of the image is Mornington Island, the northernmost and largest of 22 islands that form the Wellesley Islands group. The island is part of the Gulf Country Region. Its general topography is flat with the maximum elevation of 500 feet (150 metres). The island is fringed by mangrove forests and contains 10 estuaries.

Wellesley Islands in Gulf of Carpinteria, Queensland – July 5th, 2011

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June 5th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

Australia - May 23rd, 2011

Sediments line the coast of the Gulf of Carpinteria in Queensland, Australia, giving the waters a lime green tinge along the coast that fades to a lighter teal as one moves farther offshore.

Many islands can be seen in the gulf, the largest of which is Mornington Island, the northernmost of 22 islands that form the Wellesley Islands.  The general topography of the island is flat, and it is fringed by mangrove forests.

The other large island to the south of Mornington Island is Bentinck island, the largest of the six South Wellesley Islands.


Sediments and Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia

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April 26th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Sediments pour into the Gulf of Carpentaria from rivermouths along the coast of Queensland, Australia. Near the shoreline the sediments appear dense and tan in color, and gradually become greener as they move out into the gulf.

Also visible in the gulf is the large Mornington Island (upper left quadrant), the northernmost of 22 islands that form the Wellesley Islands. The general topography of the island is flat with the maximum elevation of 500 feet (150 metres). The island is fringed by mangrove forests and contains 10 estuaries.