Channel Country in western Queensland •

Channel Country in western Queensland. Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features swollen waterways across Channel Country in western Queensland after record amounts of rain fell in March 2020.

Seasonal rains were intensified by Tropical Cyclone Esther, and some areas received their biggest downpours in 20 years.

According to NASA, the extreme rainfall brought much-needed relief to regions that were in a state of major drought.

The image features swollen rivers and wetlands near the town of Thargomindah, which experienced its wettest day in 21 years. 

Channel Country is the source of most of the water in South Australia’s Lake Eyre.

Queensland abbreviated as QLD, officially the State of Queensland) is a state situated in northeastern Australia, and is the second-largest and third-most populous Australian state. It is a federated state and a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, and is bordered by the Northern TerritorySouth Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, separating the Australian mainland from Papua New Guinea. With an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi), Queensland is the world’s sixth-largest sub-national entity, and is larger than all but 15 countries. Due to its size, Queensland’s geographical features and climates are diverse, including tropical rainforests, rivers, coral reefsmountain ranges and sandy beaches in its tropical and sub-tropical coastal regions, as well as deserts and savanna in the semi-arid and desert climactic regions of its interior.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory




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