Yampi Sound, the Kimberley, Australia
National Geographic Orion anchored in Yampi Sound, amid the islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Two islands, Cockatoo and Koolan, have substantial iron mines, from which they extract rich ore. Evidence of the iron is readily evident when looking at the ancient sandstone, much of which has a patina of rust. Laid down as a series of sedimentary deposits, the sandstone is sometimes replaced by a layer of much softer, gray siltstone. This entire rock formation has been bent and buckled over great spans of time, forming synclines and anticlines. Much of the rock has been turned on its side, and stands vertically.
Our morning started early, so after a quick breakfast and coffee, it was back on the Zodiacs, as we poked into inlets and scoured the shoreline for wildlife, scenic surprises, and photo opportunities.
Jul 20, 2014
National Geographic Orion
Pacific Islands & Australia