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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, 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.

Sediments Along Gulf of Carpentaria Shores in Queensland, Australia

18.3S 141.5E

August 13th, 2010 Category: Sediments

Australia - August 5th, 2010

This image shows much of the state of Queensland in Australia. The state occupies the north-eastern section of the mainland continent.

To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. Here, this part of the coast appears mostly free of sediments. The shoreline west of the Yorke Peninsula, on the other hand, along the Gulf of Carpentaria, is framed by greenish sediments.

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).