Great Australian Bight


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Great Australian Bight,

wide bay of the Indian Ocean, indenting the southern coast of Australia in Western Australia and South Australia. An unbroken line of cliffs c.200 ft (60 m) high runs along much of the coast and extends inland in E Western Australia and W South Australia as the arid and desolate Nullarbor PlainNullarbor Plain
[Lat.,=no trees], vast, barren limestone plateau, c.100,000 sq mi (260,000 sq km), S Australia, extending from the Great Victoria Desert (N) to the Great Australian Bight (S) in Western Australia and South Australia states.
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. The bight is very stormy during winter months. The local fisheries are economically important to South Australia.
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Great Australian Bight

a wide bay of the Indian Ocean, in S Australia, extending from Cape Pasley to the Eyre Peninsula: notorious for storms
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"The Great Australian Bight is one of the last remaining offshore frontier exploration basins in Australia and, indeed, the Asia--Pacific," Wood Mackenzie's head of Southeast Asian oil and gas research, Andrew Harwood, told The Australian.
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But now the waters, known here as the Great Australian Bight, or just the Bight for short, have drawn a different sort of resource industry: The Norwegian oil giant Statoil plans to start drilling by the end of 2019 to tap what experts call one of the world's great remaining natural gas reserves.
Ravishing atolls of Maldives, arid Atacama Desert in Chile, the walled city of York Minster in England, the Cave of Swallows in Mexico, the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight in Australia, the titanic kauri Tane Mahuta forests of far-north New Zealand, volatile Italian Stromboli isle and the scooped-out icy enclave in Concordia, Pakistan, are the other sights which will make you small.
After a break in the West Australian port, the boats, some with new crew, will set sail across the Great Australian Bight and Bass Strait to Sydney, where they are due on 19 December.
The four permits, the first to be issued since 2000 in the environmentally sensitive Great Australian Bight off South Australia state, cleared the way for BP to explore waters up to 4,600 metres deep in some areas.
In early June, Martin Ferguson pre-empted the south-west planning process by announcing seabed areas in the Great Australian Bight for future petroleum exploration and extraction.
Dr Letnic's project took him from the Great Australian Bight to Coopers Creek in south-west Queensland on both sides of the dingo barrier fence.
Using computer imaging, he cut out and rotated the bottom half of one of the maps through 90[degrees], fitted it back together and revealed a complete outline of Australia's east coast, including features such as Kangaroo Island and the Great Australian Bight. "They provided stunning proof that Portuguese ships made these daring voyages of discovery in the early 1520s ...
The site of the University of Tasmania's 30-meter (100-foot) radio telescope, Ceduna is known for its beaches as well as sport fishing and whale watching along the Great Australian Bight.
The meteorite landed at the Great Australian Bight on Tuesday, May 21, around 10:30 p.m.