January 12, 2005
The island of Tasmania is a haven for nature, as almost half of the island is designated as national park lands. Nearly two fifths of that is considered a World Heritage Area: this area covers mountainous terrain that is home to several glacial lakes, such as Lake St. Clair in the western center of the island. Lake St. Clair is the deepest lake in the Southern Hemisphere at 200 meters deep. Temperate rain forests line the western coast of the island, while most of the rest of the island's climate is equable with moderate rainfall. Also shown are Flinders (north) and Cape Barrens (south) islands to the north of Tasmania in the Bass Strait. These islands separate Tasmania from mainland Australia. This true-color Terra MODIS image was acquired on December 30, 2004.