Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Cooper Creek floodplain in southwest Queensland.
Cooper Creek is a major river system in Australia’s Channel Country formed by the Barcoo and Thomson rivers.
The photograph highlights a contrasting landscape of red sands and blue-green rivers.
The Cooper Creek floodplain is more than 30 miles wide in some areas and provides critical habitats for water birds.
The image was captured by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS) on April 5, 2020.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 Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. The Cooper Creek floodplain in southwest Queensland
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
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory