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Salt Lakes and Marshes in Western Australia

19.6S 121.0E

April 27th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Salt Flats

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Between the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts in Western Australia lie several playa lakes, white in color. The largest is Lake Disappointment, near the image center. To the north lies the smaller Lake Dora, on the Rudall River. These bodies of water are ephemeral and frequently appear as white salt flats.

Moving northwest, another white area is visible: the light sands of Eighty Mile Beach, forming the coastline where the Great Sandy Desert approaches the Indian Ocean. It is one of the most important sites for migratory shorebirds, or waders, in Australia, and is recognised as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Close to Eighty Mile Beach and included in the Eighty Mile Beach Ramsar Site is the Mandora Marsh, also known as Mandora Salt Marsh, a complex and diverse wetland system. It lies at the western edge of the Great Sandy Desert bioregion and within the Mandora Station pastoral lease.

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