Remarkable satellite images captured by NASA show intense flooding in Australia’s Outback.
Floodwater from northern Queensland and local rainfall has caused rivers to overflow their banks in Channel Country in southwestern Queensland.
The images of the Georgina River and Eyre Creek from December 10 last year and January 23 this year show a stark contrast in the amount of water in the area.
The flood peak is currently at the small, remote town of Bedourie, on the edge of the Simpson Desert, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s major flood warning.
The Eyre Creek at Bedourie peaked at 4.45 metres around 9am on Tuesday.
Less than a fortnight ago, ABC reported a delivery truck with an order for the only grocery store in town to prepare the community for the floods was stranded by an unexpected deluge while en route.
Milk, bread, other produce and eight bags of mail had been loaded onto a plane and flown in.
“When I flew over the area between Boulia and Bedourie, it [looked like] an inland sea,” Bedourie resident Michelle McFadyen, who was on the plane, said.
“It’s going to be a long time before we can even assess what damage has been done and it’s going to be a long time for us to get the work done that’ll be required to fix it.”
Bedourie has a population of about 140 people and is known as the “oasis in the desert” due to its surprising amount of flora and fauna.
On releasing the satellite images, NASA science writer Kathryn Hansen noted the green in the previously brown areas showed vegetation in Channel Country taking advantage of the moisture.
The images were captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.
Terra’s orbit around the Earth is timed so that it passes from north to south across the equator in the morning.
Terra MODIS and Aqua MODIS – a second satellite passing south to north over the equator in the afternoon – view the entire Earth’s surface every one to two days.
Originally published as Incredible NASA images show before after of Aussie Outback floods
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