The Rivers and Floodplains of Channel Country, Australia
The Channel Country of Queensland, Australia, is located in the remote south west of the state. The primary land use is cattle grazing.
The Channel Country is a series of ancient flood plains with rivers which flow intermittently.
The principal rivers are Cooper Creek (right) and the Diamantina River (center).
When there is sufficient rainfall in their catchment area these rivers flow into Lake Eyre, South Australia. However, in most years the flood waters are absorbed into the Earth or evaporate.
Here, the terrain to the North appears greener, reflecting the heavy rainfall that have been occuring in Queensland, whereas the land to the South looks redder, reflecting the drought experienced in southern Australia.