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Water Still Present in Australia’s Ephemeral Lake Eyre

28.2S 137.6E

July 16th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Australia - June 23rd, 2009

Australia - June 23rd, 2009

Two or three times every century, Queensland, Australia is hit by flooding from extremely heavy rain storms. The water from these floods then begins to move south through the creeks and rivers.

When the waters reach the South Australian border they split into channels across the plains and fill Cooper Creek and the Diamantina River.

Months go by, after which they finally reach the salt basin of Lake Eyre (bottom) and turn it into a huge inland sea, as can be seen here. When this occurs, the previously arid region comes to life, supporting many species of plants and animals, particularly waterfowl.

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