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Good Vegetation Index in Arnhem Land, Australia, by Gulf of Carpentaria

16.2S 136.9E

February 2nd, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Australia - December 30th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the land bordering the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. This land is generally flat and low-lying. The climate is in the area is hot and humid with two seasons (dry and wet) per year. This image was captured during the wet season, which lasts from December to March.

To the west is Arnhem Land, the Top End of the Northern Territory, and Groote Eylandt, the largest island in the Gulf. The vegetation index in this area is mostly good (green). To the east is the Cape York Peninsula. The area to the south (like the Cape York Peninsula, part of Queensland) is known as the Gulf Country or simply “the Gulf.” The terrain in these areas shows a lower index (yellow), also some good photosynthetic activity can be observed along the rivers on the eastern side.

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