Rivers in Queensland – which began flooding in late 2010, with the floods getting worse in recent weeks – are also carrying heavy sediment loads to the coast.
This natural-color image was captured yesterday by instrumentation aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite. Here you see the Burdekin River – the waters around Cape Bowling Green – turned muddy brown, as a thick plume of sediment approached the famous Great Barrier Reef. The devastating floodwaters across the Australian state of Queensland – which now cover an area the size of France and Germany combined – might not recede for weeks, according to the state’s Premier Anna Bligh.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.