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North Stradbroke Island, Australia
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North Stradbroke Island, Australia

 (JPG) North Stradbroke Island, Australia (421,357 bytes) ( 1,158 x 2,904 )
North Stradbroke Island, 30 km southeast of Brisbane, Australia, is one of the largest sand islands in the world. Sand mining and tourism are the islandís main industries. About 50 million tons of sand are mined each year, from which 500,000 tons of minerals are extracted. Recently, scientists have discovered that one of the islandís lakes, Blue Lake has been in the same chemical state for the past 7,500 years (according to the International Business Times). The lake is fed by an aquifer, and the water gets replaced every 35 days. The image was acquired October 1, 2009, covers an area of 25 x 43 km, and is located at 27.5 degrees south latitude, 153.4 degrees east longitude.

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North Stradbroke Island, Australia North Stradbroke Island, Australia
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Please give credit for these images to:
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and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

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