The diverse landscapes of coastal Queensland •

The diverse landscapes of coastal Queensland


The diverse landscapes of coastal Queensland Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory explores the diverse landscapes along the coast of North Queensland, Australia.

The video highlights five features that stand out along the coastal region of Queensland, including the Burdekin River and Lake Dalrymple. 

The image was captured on May 7, 2021 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. Norman Kuring of NASA’s Ocean Biology group used color-filtering techniques to draw out the fine details in the water, but the features are natural. 

Queensland has an extravagantly diverse landscape that is dominated by its extensive coastline, which is home to more than 60 percent of its resident population. The state is famous for tropical islands and white sandy beaches.

Sound coastal planning and management is vital to help protect and conserve the coast’s important cultural, ecological and natural values. The Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) and the Coastal Act work together to guide land use planning and development assessment decisions on Queensland’s coast.

Eastern Queensland is dominated by the Great Dividing Range in contrast to the low-relief of western areas. East of the Great Dividing Range is a narrow coastal strip, known as the Australian north-east coast drainage division which contains most of the state’s population.

Video Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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