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Lake Eyre South in Central South Australia

28.2S 137.6E

May 28th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Lake Eyre is a great salt lake in central South Australia, with a total area of 3,700 square miles (9,300 square km). It lies in the southwestern corner of the Great Artesian Basin, a closed inland basin about 440,150 square miles (1,140,000 square km) in area that is drained only by intermittent streams.

Normally dry but susceptible to occasional flooding, the lake constitutes the lowest point on the Australian continent. It consists of two sections. Lake Eyre North, 90 miles (144 km) long and 40 miles (65 km) wide, is joined by the narrow Goyder Channel to Lake Eyre South (the section on which this image focuses), which is 40 miles long and about 15 miles (24 km) in width.

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