Naturaliste Plateau

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Naturaliste Plateau

The Naturaliste Plateau is one of several large submarine plateaus extending from Western Australia into the Indian Ocean. It is a rectilinear plateau that covers an area of 90,000 square kilometres. Its width is about 400 kilometres (250 mi) east-west and 250 km (160 mi) north-south. The water depths are from 1500 to 5000 metres.[1]

It lies to the north east of the Diamantina Fracture Zone.

The Mentelle Basin and Naturaliste Trough lie between the mainland and this plateau. The plateau is bordered by the Perth Abyssal Plain in the north and west and the Australian-Antarctic Basin in the south.[1]

It is within the Australian marine reserve known as the South-west Corner Commonwealth Marine Reserve.


Coordinates: 34°06′S 111°18′E / 34.1°S 111.3°E / -34.1; 111.3