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A remote paradise, a major industrial complex, or some combination of the two?

A remote paradise, a major industrial complex, or some combination of the two?

Curtis Island lies just off Australia’s central Queensland coast, straddling the Tropic of Capricorn. In this image acquired on November 3, 2013, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite, the whole of Curtis Island can be seen situated between Keppel Bay and the Coral Sea. The island has miles of uninhabited beaches, sand dunes, wind-sculpted shrublands, forests, mangroves, salt marshes, mud flats, and large salt flats. The varied landscapes, wetlands, and waters support large fisheries, the endangered green and loggerhead turtles, the fatback turtle, dolphins, and the yellow chat—a bird once thought to be extinct. The eastern half of the island is largely protected as part of Curtis Island National Park and Conservation Park and the island can only be accessed by sea or air, making it somewhat remote. On the northeast side of the island, the rocky h...

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