Ningaloo Coral Reef along the shore of Western Australia

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Ningaloo Coral Reef along the shore of Western Australia
NASA / Dembinsky Photo Associates / Alamy Stock Photo
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Ningaloo Reef along the shore of Western Australia is Australia s largest fringing coral reef At roughly 300 kilometers 185 miles long it is also the world s only large reef located so close to a landmass At its point closest to the continent the reef is just 100 meters 330 feet from shore at its farthest point it is less than 7 kilometers 4 3 miles away On July 25 1999 NASA s Landsat 7 satellite captured this photo like image of Ningaloo Reef Clear skies allow an unobstructed view of deep blue ocean water and varied shades of brick red and beige in the coastal area of Western Australia The reef is easily spotted in this image thanks to the electric blue color of the water The relatively shallow depths of these waters cause the lighter color Along the shore Point Cloates stretches seaward surrounded by pale waters that overlie a reef Ningaloo Reef and the surrounding waters became Ningaloo Marine Park in 1987 The park is home to sharks manta rays dolphins whales more than 250 coral species and numerous tropical fish species including some of the world s most colorful NASA image created by Jesse Allen using Landsat data provided by the United States Geological Survey Caption by Michon Scott Dembinsky Photo Associates www dpaphoto com
Location: Australia