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Scott Reef

This is another photo for the theme “The world from above”.

Last month I was lucky enough to work near a wonderful coral reef off the coast of Western Australia, some 250 km North - Northwest of Derby and this shot was taken soon after take off from the offshore drilling platform, a jack-up unit, from inside a Super Puma helicopter with dark blue-greenish tinted windows.

The main posting is a view of the rig with the Northern reef in the background. In WS1 you can see a view of the Southern reef and in WS2 a view of the rig as the chopper was taking off.

Scott Reef is a group of atoll-like reefs in the Timor Sea on the edge of the continental shelf. There are two separate reef structures and each of them reefs rises steeply from the seabed 400 to 700 m below. Much of the reef area dries at low tide, but besides Sandy Islet of Scott Reef South, there are only a few rocks and sandbanks above the high water mark.

Scott Reef North consists of a large and approximately circular-shaped reef composed of a narrow reef-crest that is backed by broad reef flats — much of which becomes exposed at low tide — and a moderately deep central lagoon, up to 20 meters, that is connected to the open sea by two delta-like channels. The reef with its lagoon covers an area of 106 km².

Scott Reef South (also Horseshoe Reef or South Reef) is a large crescent-shaped formation with a rare and unusual double reef crest. Its lagoon is quite deep with depths up to 60 meters in some parts. The reef with its lagoon covers an area of 144 km².

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