"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.
Young-of-the-year move down the west coast of Australia and first appear in the Great Australian Bight
as 1-year olds.
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.
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.