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Lakes in the Barkly Tableland, Australia

February 19th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Australia - February 18th, 2009

Australia - February 18th, 2009

Close-up of lakes

Close-up of lakes

Several lakes in the northeastern part of the Northern Territory, Australia, are visible. They appear whitish tan in color, due in part to sediments and in part to sun glint.

Tarrabool Lake (just left of the center) is located on the western fringe of the Barkly Tableland.

The actual size of the lake fluctuates as a function of the amount of precipitation that the surrounding area receives in any given year.

Although the lake is fed by several creeks, it receives most of its runoff from Creswell Creek which can be seen entering the northeast end of the lake.

The wooded swampland of the lake is a major breeding area for colonial water birds, especially Australian Pelicans and Straw-necked Ibis.

When fully inundated, Tarrabool is the largest wooded swamp in tropical Australia.

The large body of water to the right is actually two lakes: Corella Lake and Lake Sylvester. The area between them appears to be flooded or swampy, probably due to heavy wet season rains. The wet season occurs from November to March during hot summers.

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