Gulf St Vincent Facts

Gulf St Vincent Facts
The Gulf St Vincent is located on Australia's southern coast. It is a large water inlet bordered by the Fleurieu Peninsula and mainland to its east and the Yorke Peninsula to its west. It was given its name in 1802 to honor Admiral John Jervis (the 1st Earl of St Vincent). The Gulf St Vincent covers an area of 2,600 square miles and has an average depth of 69 feet.
Interesting Gulf St Vincent Facts:
The Gulf St Vincent has a maximum length of 86.3 miles and a maximum width of 38 miles. The maximum depth is 130 feet, making it a shallow body of water.
In 2013 the Adelaide Desalination Plant opened on the eastern shore of the Gulf St Vincent, at Lonsdale, South Australia. This plant removes the salt from the water to provide desalinated water to residents in the Adelaide metro area.
There are many species of sea urchins and sea squirts in the Gulf St Vincent. There are also many crustacean and polychaeta.
Islands found in the Gulf St Vincent include Torrens Island, Troubridge Island, and Garden Island.
Rivers that feed the Gulf St Vincent include Wakefield, Torrens, Sturt, Port, Patawalonga, Little Para River, Gilbert, Light, Gawler, Bungala, Dry Creek, Field, and Onkaparinga.
From west to east along the coast of the Gulf St Vincent towns include Edithburgh, Port Vincent, Ardrossan, Port Wakefield, and Normanville.
Gulf St Vincent has an important bird area located north of Adelaide. It supports more than 1% of the populations worldwide of red necked stints, black faced cormorants, and silver gulls, among several other species.

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