Embley River

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Embley
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Location of Embley River mouth in Queensland
EtymologyIn honour of John Embley [1]
Location
Country Australia
State Queensland
Region Far North Queensland
Physical characteristics
SourceEmbley Range
 - location Cape York Peninsula
 - elevation21 m (69 ft)
Mouth Gulf of Carpentaria
 - location Nanum
 - coordinates 12°40′15″S141°50′54″E / 12.67083°S 141.84833°E / -12.67083; 141.84833 Coordinates: 12°40′15″S141°50′54″E / 12.67083°S 141.84833°E / -12.67083; 141.84833
 - elevation0 m (0 ft)
Length54 km (34 mi)
Basin features
Basin size4,622 km2 (1,785 sq mi)
Tributaries 
 - leftHey River
[2]

The Embley River is a river located in Far North Queensland, Australia.

River Natural flowing watercourse

A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river. In some cases a river flows into the ground and becomes dry at the end of its course without reaching another body of water. Small rivers can be referred to using names such as stream, creek, brook, rivulet, and rill. There are no official definitions for the generic term river as applied to geographic features, although in some countries or communities a stream is defined by its size. Many names for small rivers are specific to geographic location; examples are "run" in some parts of the United States, "burn" in Scotland and northeast England, and "beck" in northern England. Sometimes a river is defined as being larger than a creek, but not always: the language is vague.

Far North Queensland Region in Queensland, Australia

Far North Queensland is the northernmost part of the state of Queensland, Australia. Centered on the city of Cairns, the region stretches north to the Torres Strait, and west to the Gulf Country. The region has Australia's only international border, with the independent nation of Papua New Guinea.

Queensland North-east state of Australia

Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, with Papua New Guinea located less than 200 km across it from the mainland. The state is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi).

The headwaters of the river rise on the coastal plain of the Cape York Peninsula and flow in a north westerly direction eventually discharging at Evans Landing into Albatross Bay near Nanum just south of Weipa and into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Cape York Peninsula peninsula in Far North Queensland, Australia

Cape York Peninsula is a large remote peninsula located in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is the largest unspoiled wilderness in northern Australia. The land is mostly flat and about half of the area is used for grazing cattle. The relatively undisturbed eucalyptus-wooded savannahs, tropical rainforests and other types of habitat are now recognized and preserved for their global environmental significance, but native wildlife is threatened by introduced species and weeds. In 1606, Dutch sailor Willem Janszoon on board the Duyfken reached Australia as its first known European explorer, discovering the Cape York Peninsula.

Nanum, Queensland Suburb of Weipa, Queensland, Australia

Nanum is a locality in Weipa Town in Far North Queensland, Australia. In the 2011 census, Nanum had a population of 815 people.

Weipa, Queensland Town in Queensland, Australia

Weipa is a mining town on the Gulf of Carpentaria coast of the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia, and is the largest town on the Cape. At the 2011 census, Weipa had a population of 3,334; the largest community on Cape York Peninsula. It exists because of the enormous bauxite deposits along the coast. The Port of Weipa is mainly involved in exports of bauxite. Over the last decade or so there have been occasional shipments of live cattle from the port.

The river has a catchment area of 4,622 square kilometres (1,785 sq mi) of which an area of 392 square kilometres (151 sq mi) is composed of estuarine wetlands. [3] From source to mouth, the Embley River is joined by five tributaries including the Hey River. The Embley River descends 21 metres (69 ft) over its 54-kilometre (34 mi) course. [2]

River mouth end of a river

A river mouth is the part of a river where the river debouches into another river, a lake, a reservoir, a sea, or an ocean.

Tributary stream or river that flows into a main stem river or lake

A tributary or affluent is a stream or river that flows into a larger stream or main stem river or a lake. A tributary does not flow directly into a sea or ocean. Tributaries and the main stem river drain the surrounding drainage basin of its surface water and groundwater, leading the water out into an ocean.

Watercourse channel that a flowing body of water follows

A watercourse is the channel that a flowing body of water follows. In the UK, some aspects of criminal law, such as The Rivers Act 1951, specify that a watercourse includes those rivers which are dry for part of the year.

The river was named in 1895 by The Hon John Douglas CBE after the surveyor, John Thomas Embley (1858-1937), while Douglas was Government Resident on Thursday Island. [1]

The prefix The Honourable or The Honorable is an honorific style that is used before the names of certain classes of people.

John Douglas (Queensland politician) Anglo-Australian politician and Premier of Queensland

John Douglas was an Anglo-Australian politician and Premier of Queensland.

Surveying The technique, profession, and science of determining the positions of points and the distances and angles between them

Surveying or land surveying is the technique, profession, and science of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional positions of points and the distances and angles between them. A land surveying professional is called a land surveyor. These points are usually on the surface of the Earth, and they are often used to establish maps and boundaries for ownership, locations, such as building corners or the surface location of subsurface features, or other purposes required by government or civil law, such as property sales.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Embley River (entry 11595)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government . Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Map of Embley River, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  3. "Embley River drainage basin". WetlandInfo. Queensland Government . Retrieved 19 June 2015.