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Simpson Desert, Channel Country and Lake Eyre, Australia – December 8th, 2011

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December 8th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Australia - November 25th, 2011

The Simpson Desert (upper left quadrant) is a large area of dry, red sandy plain and dunes in Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland in central Australia. It is the fourth largest Australian desert, with an area of 176,500 kmĀ² (68,100 sq mi).

Visible to the east of the desert is Australia’s Channel Country, a region of outback Australia located mostly in the state of Queensland but also in portions of South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales. The name comes from the numerous intertwined rivulets that cross the region. The principal rivers are Georgina River, Cooper Creek and the Diamantina River.

When there is sufficient rainfall in their catchment area these rivers flow into Lake Eyre, South Australia. Lake Eyre is visible at the bottom edge, its southwestern basin appearing green in color and its southeastern basin appearing pinkish, framed by white salt flats.

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