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Mellish Reef

 

CQ Zone: 30

IOTA: OC-072

Locator: QH72wo

 

Of all the reefs in the Coral Sea that fall under Australian jurisdiction Mellish Reef is the most distant, being located approximately 1150km NNE of Brisbane the capital city of Queensland, 1080km East of Cairns, and 1100km West of Port Vila the capital of Vanuatu.

 

Image: Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space CenterMellish Reef takes the form of an unusual boomerang-shaped platform around 10 km in length and 3 km across. The surrounding reefs, which enclose a narrow lagoon, are completely submerged or awash at high tide. Near the centre of the lagoon is the only permanent land of the reef — Heralds-Beacon Islet. The island is a small cay measuring 600 m by 120 m, only rising a few meters above the high water mark. It is composed largely of sand, shingle and coral rubble. In the north is a narrow and elongate drying sand bar.

 

Mellishbirdlife zpsc296e227The reef is home to thousands of nesting seabirds of all species, a large population of nocturnal hermit crabs and a myriad of sand flies, ticks and lice.

 

Prior DX-peditions from Mellish Reef include:

2009 VK9GMW

2002 VK9ML

1993 VK9MM

1989 VK9ZM

1978 VK9ZR

1972 VK9JW

 

References: http://oceandots.com/pacific/coralsea/mellish.php
       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_Sea_Islands

 

 

Sunrise Sunset at Mellish Reef

Jul 23 Jul 16
Sunrise UTC: 20:04 20:05
Sunset UTC: 07:21 07:19

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