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Gibson Desert in Western Australia

20.3S 125.1E

December 20th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Australia - December 18th, 2011

This image shows the border area by Australia’s Northern Territory (right) and Western Australia (left). Visible in the lower part of the image is the Gibson Desert, which covers a large dry area in the state of Western Australia of about 155,000 square kilometres (60,000 sq mi) in size.

Large portions of the desert are characterized by gravel-covered terrains covered in thin desert grasses and it also contains extensive areas of undulating red sand plains and dunefields, low rocky/gravelly ridges and substantial upland portions with a high degree of laterite formation. The sandy soil of the lateritic buckshot plains is rich in iron.

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