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Cooper Creek and Surrounding Floodplain, Australia – April 25th, 2011

26.5S 142.1E

April 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Australia - April 16th, 2011

Cooper Creek is an intermittent river in east central Australia’s Channel Country, an area of wide floodplains, grooved by rivers. Here, the river appears green and tan from sediments, and the land of the floodplain surrounding it is mostly green in color.

Rising as the Barcoo on the northern slopes of the Warrego Range, Queensland, the river flows northwest to Blackall. Joined by the Alice River, it continues southwest past Isisford and receives its principal tributary, the Thomson, from which point it is known as Cooper Creek.

It crosses the South Australian border, and carries water to Lake Eyre only during wet-year floods. Average annual discharge at Currareva is 2,900 cu ft (82 cu m) per second.

 

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