Natural Abstract: Tanin-stained ocean

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The dynamic interplay between tanin-stained runoff from wallum country swamps and abundant supplies of oceanic sand produce a constantly changing abstract work of art on the western shores of Hervey Bay. Abundant white quartz sand derived from the longshore drift along the NSW-Queensland coastline is worked into Hervey Bay by tidal currents, storm waves and refracted waves. It has accumulated on the western shore of Hervey Bay. Flood run-off from the coastal wetlands is stained by tanin mostly from roots systems of the Melaleuca (tea-tree) forests. Waves, tides, runoff and vegetation combine to paint this abstract in the white sands beside the Coral Sea.

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Ian Stehbens on March 23, 2012

It is nature's art, Greg and I guess nature paints in watercolours!

Glad to have some coastal ecology and coastal geomorphology catch your eye, as well as the art!

Regards, Ian

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Photo taken in 30 Theodolite Creek Rd, Woodgate QLD 4660, Australia

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    by Ian Stehbens