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King Sound: Off the northwestern coast of Australia, the sound has the second greatest daily tidal change in t...

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of King Sound, a large gulf (approximately 120 kilometers long) on the northwest coast of Australia. The Sound has the highest tides in Australia—in the range of 11–12 meters (36-39 feet)—and the second highest in the world after the Bay of Fundy in Canada. The strong brown smudge at the head of the Sound contrasts with the clearer blue water along the rest of the coast. This is mud stirred up by the tides and also supplied by the Fitzroy River, one of Australia’s largest. The bright reflection point of the Sun obscures the blue water of the Indian Ocean. Just to the west of King Sound, thick plumes of wildfire smoke, driven by northeast winds, obscure the coastline. To the east, the wide field of “popcorn cumulus” clouds is a common effect of the daily heating of the land surface. The Sound is named fo...

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