Lihou Reef National Nature Reserve

NASA picture of the Lihou Reef

Former marine protected area covering an area of 8440 km2 in the Australian Coral Sea Islands Territory that was incorporated into the new Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve in December 2012.

- Lihou Reef National Nature Reserve

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Coral Sea Islands

External territory of Australia which comprises a group of small and mostly uninhabited tropical islands and reefs in the Coral Sea, northeast of Queensland, Australia.

Acropora coral garden with giant clam. Raging Horn, Coral Sea Islands
Map of the Coral Sea Islands Territory
A pair of Grey Reef Sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) and divers in blue water. North Horn, Coral Sea Islands
A male Bicolor Parrotfish is at home on North Horn, Osprey Reef

There are about 30 separate reefs and atolls, twelve being wholly submerged or drying only during low tide, and 18 others with a total of about 51 islets and cays (18 alone on the atoll Lihou Reef), some of which are vegetated.

Coral Sea

Marginal sea of the South Pacific off the northeast coast of Australia, and classified as an interim Australian bioregion.

A map of the Coral Sea Islands
The Great Dividing Range consists of a complex of mountain ranges, plateaus, upland areas and escarpments.
Thermal profile of the East Australian Current
Tropical Cyclone Larry over the Great Barrier Reef, 19 March 2006
Corals on Flynn Reef near Cairns
Crown-of-thorns starfish
Christmas tree worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) in Porites coral. Admiralty, Osprey Reef
A banded sea krait Laticauda colubrina
Shen Neng 1 aground on the Great Barrier Reef on 5 April 2010

The Chesterfield Islands and Lihou Reef are the largest atolls of the Coral Sea.

Coringa-Herald National Nature Reserve

Former nature reserve in Australia’s Coral Sea Islands Territory that was incorporated into the new Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve in December 2012.

The IBA supports over 3000 breeding pairs of red-footed boobies
Sketch map of Coringa-Herald National Nature Reserve

The former nature reserve together with the Lihou Reef National Nature Reserve is part of the Coral Sea Reserves Ramsar Site.

Coral Sea Reserves Ramsar Site

The Coringa Islets and the Magdelaine and Herald Cays, as well as those of Lihou Reef, lie within the Coral Sea Reserves Ramsar Site

The Coral Sea Reserves Ramsar Site comprises the 17,292 km2 of oceanic island and reef habitats within the former Coringa-Herald National Nature Reserve and the former Lihou Reef National Nature Reserve in the Australian Coral Sea Islands Territory.

Coral Sea Marine Park

Australian marine park located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland.

Map of the Commonwealth marine reserves announced in 2012, showing the original scheduled zoning rules.

The Coral Sea Marine Park encompasses the former Coral Sea Conservation Zone, former Coringa-Herald National Nature Reserve and former Lihou Reef National Nature Reserve.

2005–06 Australian region cyclone season

Above average tropical cyclone season.

On 28 January, the cyclone brushed Flinders Reef, Willis Island and Lihou Reef, bringing winds up to 65 km/h (40 mph) to all three areas.

Saumarez Reefs

One of the southernmost reefs to be located in the Coral Sea Islands and part of the Coral Sea Shelf; it contains three main reefs and numerous smaller reefs all of which form a large crescent-shaped formation open to the northwest, about 27 by 14 km, area less than 300 km2.

Map of the Coral Sea Islands
Satellite View of Saumarez reefs (center) and the Swains reef (Left part of the Great Barrier Reef) and Frederick Reefs (right)
Satellite view of Saumarez Reefs

Lihou had just previously discovered Lihou Reef and Cays on 23 February 1823.

Marine park

Designated park consisting of an area of sea set aside to achieve ecological sustainability, promote marine awareness and understanding, enable marine recreational activities, and provide benefits for Indigenous peoples and coastal communities.

A Park in Victoria, Australia

Lihou Reef National Nature Reserve (Coral Sea Island Territory)

Lihou

Small tidal island located just off the west coast of the island of Guernsey, in the English Channel, between Great Britain and France.

The Lihou causeway at low tide
19th-century drawing of the priory ruins
The ruins of St Mary's Priory
The remains of walls on Lihou
The Lihou farmhouse

Lihou is also a common family name on Guernsey, with records suggesting that the name has been in use in the Channel Islands since at least the eighteenth century, including Royal Navy Captain John Lihou, who discovered and named the Australian Port Lihou Island and Lihou Reef.

Weather of 2006

Global weather activity of 2006 profiles the major worldwide weather events, including blizzards, ice storms, tropical cyclones, tornadoes, and other weather events, from January 1, 2006, to December 31, 2006.

The storm's path.
The storm's erratic track
The snow system seen over Utah.
Weather radar imagery of the lake-effect precipitation, seen trailing from the Great Lakes.
The snow system seen over Colorado.
Stillaguamish River flood
Denver International Airport Dec 22 2006

On 28 January, the cyclone brushed Flinders Reef, New Caledonia, Willis Island and Lihou Reef, bringing winds up to 65 km/h to all three areas.