STS064-72-072 Burn Scar, South Australia, Australia September 1994
The curving shoreline of the Younghusband Peninsula in southeast South Australia is shown here in this southeast-looking small-scale view. The coastline extends from estuarine Lakes Albert and Alexandrina (middle right) to beyond Cape Jaffa (upper middle). The lagoon and dunes inside the Younghusband Peninsula, the Coorong, provide a natural habitat for wetland birds and wilderness areas with an array of coastal sand dunes. The larger dark areas show where more densely vegetated terrain is located on the gently rolling, sandy hills. The lighter-colored unique pattern within the darker area (slightly right of center) shows an extensive burn scar, probably caused by a random lighting strike and resultant range fire. Some clouds can be seen along the left upper margin of the picture. The distinctive pattern in the bottom right corner of the picture is part of the Murray River and its floodplain. The straight, linear boundaries that are visible throughout the region are created by the darker, undeveloped landscape (mainly very sandy soils) versus the lighter-colored agricultural lands.

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