Western Australia • Earth.com

Last update: December 14th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Clear skies above Western Australia reveal deep red and orange deserts, bright white salt pans, deep brown mountains, and bright green pasturelands. Perth, the largest city in southwestern Australia, sits on the western coast near the northern end of the Darling Range of mountains and is visible as a roughly triangular spot of grey on the land. Far to the north of Perth, two-pronged Shark Bay points to the northwest. Shark Bay is a World Heritage Site famous for being home to over 10,000 species of seagrass, manatees (called dugongs in Australia), and the oldest-known form of life: stromatolitic microbialities. For more information about Shark Bay and what it means to be a World Heritage site, please visit www.sharkbay.org. This true-color Aqua MODIS image was acquired on July 19, 2005.

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz

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