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Australia's Greatest Places

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Shark Bay, Western Australia

Shark Bay has vast sea-grass beds, which are the largest (4,800 km2) and richest in the world, sea cow population; and large colonies of algae which form hard dome-shaped deposits and are among the oldest forms of life on earth. Shark Bay is also home to five species of endangered mammals. Shark Bay itself is a large shallow embayment, approximately 13,000 km2 in area with an average depth of 9m, enclosed by a series of islands. The outstanding feature of the bay is the steep gradient in salinities. The salinity gradient has created three biotic zones that have a marked influence on the distribution of marine organisms within the bay.

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