Limestone Cliffs & The Great Souther Ocean

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© Christopher J Chalk

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The Limestone Coast features 20 sites of international or national significance. Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake fills the crater of a dormant volcano.

The Pool of Siloam at Beachport is seven times saltier than the sea. The megafauna fossils in the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves are around half a million years old. The list goes on.

Much of the Limestone Coast region is low-lying, and was inundated by sea some 2 million years ago. It had previously also been flooded 15–20 million years ago. The plains are lined by rows of low sandhills parallel to the coast, created at times when the coastline was at that level.

Prior to white settlement, much of the land between the sandhills was swamp fed by streams and subject to inundation. A network of drains totalling 1450 km has been constructed to channel the water away through the sandhills to the ocean.

Important areas of wetland remain including the lakes and lagoons around the Murray Mouth, where the huge Murray River, by now reduced by draining off into the dry plains of Australia, finally meets the ocean between the Younghusband and the Sir Richard Peninsulas via a series of shallow lagoons including the Coorong, Lake Albert, Lake Alexandrina and Bool Lagoon.

Meanwhile areas of upland behind the Limestone Coast include the volcanic craters of Mount Gambier in South Australia.

*Canon EOS “KISS” D/SLR Camera

1/200, F/10, F/L 26mm, ISO 100

14 responses

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (9 Feb 2012):

    beautiful seascape! love the color combo.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (9 Feb 2012):

    Another beauty, wow

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (9 Feb 2012):

    You sure do have a lot of beautiful places in your country. This is a gorgeous scene!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    Incredible blues and golds in this beautiful image Chris!! I love it!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    Love the colors, Chris!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    A truly remarkable view of these cliffs, the tones are glorious! I appreciate your narrative on this fascinating area..

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    A jaw-dropping scene, so beautifully captured

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (11 Feb 2012):

    Both capture and description are masterful

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (11 Feb 2012):

    Wonderful write-up, mate. Breathtaking photography.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (12 Feb 2012):

    This is a view I would never get tired of! Excellent capture and narrative!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    Beautiful shot!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (17 Feb 2012):

    This is really gorgeous...Beautiful shot!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (22 Feb 2012):

    Beautifully composed. Thanks for the info.

  • Ken O'Brien

    Ken O'Brien gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Fabulous,looks like a beautiful place.

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