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Australia’s Lake Eyre Continues to Thrive

28.2S 137.6E

June 17th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Australia - April 13th, 2009

Australia - April 13th, 2009

Lake Eyre, bottom center, is generally an arid, desolate place in Australia’s outback for years on end, identifiable only as a large, white salt pan. However, it fills occasionally when the rivers of the Eyre Basin, which drain one sixth of the country, have a large enough flow.

Such a flow has been happening over the last few months. Here, three rivers in Queensland’s Channel Country, from left to right, Eyre Creek, Diamantina River and Cooper Creek, create green, vegetated areas amidst the arid Australian outback and fill Lake Eyre.

This last occurred in 2000, but this year’s flow, intensified by the heavy summer flooding in Queensland, is expected to be much greater and could lead to a huge bird migration and breeding event.

Pelicans have already established a breeding colony on an island in Lake Eyre, and other birds have flown in from hundreds of kilometres away, reports Australia’s ABC News.

The waters have turned desert dunes into vegetated areas, and wetlands have formed across floodplains.

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