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Lake Dalrymple on the Burdekin River, Australia – April 25th, 2010

20.6S 146.9E

April 25th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

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Sediments from the mouth of the Burdekin River spill off the coast of Queensland, Australia near the Great Barrier Reef. Following the river inland, one can see Lake Dalrymple, created by the Burdekin Dam (or Burdekin Falls Dam), south west of Ayr and Home Hill.

It was completed by Leighton Holdings in 1987 and is the largest dam in the state, with a capacity four times that of Sydney Harbour. The dam wall is 876 metres long and has a 504 metre spill way, and a drop of 37 metres. It holds 1,860,000 megalitres at full capacity.

The catchment area for the dam extends north to the Seaview Range west of Ingham, south to the Drummond Range near Alpha through the Suttor and Belyando Rivers, southeast to the coastal ranges west of Mackay, and west beyond Charters Towers to the Lolworth, Montgomery and Stopem Blockem Ranges through the Clarke River.

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