Maupertuis Bay

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Maupertuis Bay
Maupertuis Bay is located in South Australia
Maupertuis Bay
Maupertuis Bay
Location in South Australia
LocationFlinders Chase, South Australia
Coordinates35°59′46″S 136°39′36″E / 35.996°S 136.66°E / -35.996; 136.66Coordinates: 35°59′46″S 136°39′36″E / 35.996°S 136.66°E / -35.996; 136.66[1]
Primary inflowsRocky River
Basin countriesAustralia
Max. length13 kilometres (8.1 mi)[2]
Max. widthabout 3 kilometres (1.9 mi)[2]
Average depth30–60 metres (98–197 ft)[2]

Maupertuis Bay (French: Baie Maupertuis) is a bay in the Australian state of South Australia located on the south-west coastline of Kangaroo Island.[1]

It faces to the south-west and extends for a distance of about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from an unnamed headland in the north-west to Cape du Couedic in the south-east.[2] Its coastline is located within the locality of Flinders Chase.[1]

Rivers draining into the bay includes the Rocky River which rises from within a catchment located in both the Flinders Chase National Park and the Ravine des Casoars Wilderness Protection Area.[3]

Maupertuis Bay was named after mathematician and philosopher Pierre Louis Maupertuis by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin.[4]

On 24 April 1899, the Scottish barque Loch Sloy was shipwrecked off the coast from Maupertuis Bay[5] resulting in the death of all but three crew and passengers.

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  1. ^ a b c "Search result for 'Maupertuis Ba' with the following datasets selected - [Suburbs and Localities' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d The Waters of South Australia. Port Adelaide: Department of Marine and Harbors, Government of South Australia. 1985. p. chart 14. ISBN 0-7243-7603-8.
  3. ^ "Groundwater - surface water interactions on Kangaroo Island, Progress report 1: Rocky River shallow piezometer drilling program" (PDF). WaterConnect. Government of South Australia. p. 7. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  4. ^ "The discovery and exploration of Australia". australia for everyone. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Wreck of the Loch Sloy". Sydney Morning Herald. 12 May 1899. Retrieved 26 December 2015.