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Ephemeral Lakes in Western Australia

23.4S 122.8E

June 12th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Western Australia - June 8th, 2009

Western Australia - June 8th, 2009

The Rudall River, appearing as a tan streak through the red landscape, is an ephemeral river in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The entire length of the river is located within the boundaries of the Rudall River National Park, the largest national park in Australia.

The Rudall River occasionally brings water to Lake Dora, a seasonal salt lake. It lies between the vegetated sand fields of the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts. Here, the seasonal lake appears to contain water.

South of Lake Dora is another ephemeral salt lake, called Lake Disappointment. The lake, which is saline, is home to many species of waterbirds.

Continuing south, yet another ephemeral lake, Lake Carnegie, comes into view near the bottom of the image. It fills with water only during periods of significant rainfall. In dry years, it is reduced to a muddy marsh.

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