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Simpson Desert and Ancient Floodplains of Australia’s Channel Country – August 21st, 2010

25.6S 140.2E

August 21st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Australia - August 5th, 2010

The rusty red sands of the Simpson Desert occupy a large expansive on the left side of this image of central Australia. As one moves southward, the sands gradually turn lighter in color, until they are almost white.

To the east of the desert lies Australia’s Channel Country, a series of ancient flood plains in a now arid area. In times of high precipitation, intermittent rivers such as the Georgina and Diamantina Rivers and Cooper Creek (left to right) fill with water. Here, the floodplains around these rivers appear green, particularly the one surrounding Cooper Creek.

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