Murray Mouth

Murray Mouth (35°33′29″S 138°52′50″E / 35.55806°S 138.88056°E / -35.55806; 138.88056Coordinates: 35°33′29″S 138°52′50″E / 35.55806°S 138.88056°E / -35.55806; 138.88056) is the point at which the River Murray meets the southern Southern Ocean. The Murray Mouth's location is changeable. Historical records show that the channel out to sea moves along the sand dunes over time. At times of greater river flow and rough seas, the two bodies of water would erode the sand dunes to create a new channel leaving the old one to silt and disappear.

The mouth is between two sandhill peninsulas. Sir Richard Peninsula on the northwest separates the Goolwa channel (the main river channel) from the ocean. The much longer Younghusband Peninsula separates the Coorong from the ocean on the southeast of the mouth.

The Murray Mouth is separated from Lake Alexandrina by a row of low islands. The largest one, directly facing the mouth, is Hindmarsh Island. A series of barrages join the islands, separating the salt water from the fresh water of the lakes and river. The barrages can be opened during high river flow.

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Hindmarsh Island - History
... Sturt used the Island as a viewing point and from there he sighted the Murray Mouth ... The following year (1831) Captain Collet Barker surveyed the Murray Mouth but was killed by Indigenous Australians after swimming across the mouth ... to vessels wishing to pass through the mouth ...
Murray Mouth - Water Flow
... River Murray water is used by farmers for irrigation in four of Australia's states, as well as supplying water to most towns along the river, and many further away through various pipelines ... of river water is the closing of the Murray Mouth ... dredging machines have operated at the Murray Mouth, moving sand from the channel to maintain a minimal flow from the sea and into the Coorong's lagoon system ...
Murray River - Murray Mouth
... The Murray Mouth is the point at which the Murray River empties into the sea ... the early 2000s, dredging machines have operated at the Murray Mouth, moving sand from the channel to maintain a minimal flow from the sea and into the Coorong's lagoon ... Without the 24 hour dredging, the Mouth would silt up and close, cutting the supply of fresh sea-water into the Coorong, which would then warm up, stagnate and die ...
Goolwa, South Australia - History
... however, the treacherous waters of the Murray Mouth for shipping made it unsuitable as a major port ... allowing goods to move from river boats to sea boats, so that neither had to negotiate the Murray Mouth ... The barrage separates the fresh water of the River Murray from the salt water coming up from the River Murray mouth ...

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