Southern Australia
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Southern Australia

December 16, 2004
On December 2, 2004, clear skies over the Adelaide coast of southern Australia revealed a blue-green plume of phytoplankton in the Spencer Gulf, image center-right. Northwest of the Gulf, seasonal lakes shine with water and white salt, creating a mirror-effect that stands out in stark contrast to the rust-red lowlands north of the Gawler Ranges. East of the Gulf, on the eastern coast of the Victor Harbor, the city of Adelaide is hidden below low white clouds floating over the southern end of the Flinders Ranges. The clouds extend across a narrow strait to cover Kangaroo Island. Finishing up the image is a bright silver swath of sunglint (a glare phenomenon), marked by evenly-spaced scan lines from MODIS' internal scan mirror.

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