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Floodplains of Australia’s Channel Country

28.2S 137.6E

January 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Australia - November 28th, 2009

Australia - November 28th, 2009

Australia’s Channel Country is located in the remote south west of the state of Queensland, situated over the Cooper geological basin and the Lake Eyre drainage basin. The landscape of the area is arid and marked by a series of ancient flood plains from rivers which only flow intermittently.

The principal rivers are Georgina River, Cooper Creek and the Diamantina River. The latter two are visible here: Diamantina River (center) and Cooper Creek (right); also visible is Eyre Creek (left). When sufficient rainfall occurs, these rivers flow into Lake Eyre, in South Australia (lower left quadrant). In most years, however, the flood waters are absorbed into the earth or evaporate.

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