Arid Terrain and Salt Lakes in South Australia
In this reduced resolution image we can see the arid land of South Australia, a state of Australia in the southern central part of the country.
It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent and has a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi).
The terrain consists largely of arid and semi-arid rangelands, with several low mountain ranges. Towards the bottom of the image we can see part of the Gawler Ranges.
The region’s mean temperature range is 29 °C (84 °F) in January and 15 °C (59 °F) in July. Daily temperatures in parts of the state in January and February can be up to 48 °C (118 °F).
In the center of the bottom of the image we can see a cluster of salt lakes: Lake Gairdner, Lake Everard, Lake Acramah, Island Lagoon and Lake Macfarlane.
The largest is Lake Gairdner, an endorheic lake. It is over 160 km (100 miles) long and 48 km (30 miles) across with salt over 1.2 metres (4 ft) thick in some places.