J. Australia

J. Australia

Courtesy of NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team

http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1677


The Great Barrier Reef extends for 2,000 km along the northeastern coast of Australia. It is not a single reef, but a vast maze of reefs, passages, and coral cays (islands that are part of the reef). The large island off the most northerly part of the coast is Whitsunday Island, with smaller islands and reefs extending southeast, parallel to the coast.
This true-color image by the Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) instrument shows part of the southern portion of the reef adjacent to the central Queensland coast approximately 380 km wide, with the reef clearly visible up to approximately 200 km from the coast.