Cane River (Western Australia)
|Length||168 kilometres (104 mi) |
|Source elevation||382 metres (1,253 ft)|
|Mouth elevation||sea level|
|Avg. discharge||62 GL/annum|
|Basin area||2,290 square kilometres (884 sq mi)|
The headwaters of the river rise west of the Hamersley Range. The river flows in a north-westerly direction through the Cane River Conservation Park and over the Onslow Coastal Plain then discharges into the Indian Ocean near Yardie Landing approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) north-east of Onslow.
The river is considered to be dendritic with no major tributaries, numerous wells exist within the catchment area. The river has one large permanent pool, Jabaddar Pool which is located downstream from the North West Coastal Highway.
The mouth of the river is a largely unmodified estuary that works as a function of tidal energy. The estuary covers a total area of 18 square kilometres (7 sq mi) that is mostly saltmarsh but with a small colony of mangroves.
The river was named in 1866 by the explorer Harry Venn, the first European to discover the river, later was a member of the Forrest Ministry. He named the river after Charles Cane who was a member of Venn's expedition.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 3 September 2011.
- "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Cane River". 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
- "Surface Hdrology of the Pilbara Region". 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
- "Estuary Assessment Framework for Non-Pristine Estuaries - Estuary 661 -Cane River". 2000. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
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