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Green Rivers and Red Desert of Australia’s Channel Country – October 8th, 2010

24.7S 140.8E

October 8th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Australia - September 20th, 2010

The green areas visible across the arid, reddish expansive of Australian terrain are the rivers and surrounding floodplains of  the nation’s Channel Country. When there is much precipitation, the often dry riverbeds swell with water. Here, the Georgina and Diamantina Rivers and Cooper Creek (left to right) can be observed.

Other interesting features include numerous salt flats, visible as white or cream-colored areas near the rivers. The red, sandy area along the left edge is the Simpson Desert, and in the bottom left corner is the ephemeral Lake Eyre, which changes in color from tan to green as one looks southward.

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