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Salty Surfaces of Lakes Gairdner and Torrens, Australia

31.6S 136.0E

February 14th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Australia – January 26th, 2013

Several salt lakes that usually remain dry can be observed in this image of South Australia. By the top center is Lake Torrens.  Usually a dry salt flat, it has only been filled with water once in the past 150 years. Thunderstorms occasionally provide a small amount of water in the lake, when this occurs the area attracts a variety of birdlife.

Visible to its west is Lake Gairdner, a large endorheic lake in central South Australia, in the Gawler Ranges. When it is flooded, it is considered the fourth largest salt lake in Australia. The lake is over 160 km (99 mi) long and 48 km (30 mi) across with salt over 1.2 metres (4 ft) thick in some places.

The Eyre Peninsula, Australia

May 10th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Australia - April 14th, 2009

Eyre Peninsula is a triangular peninsula in South Australia. It is bounded on the east by Spencer Gulf, the west by the Great Australian Bight, and the north by the Gawler Ranges.

The area is also known as the Eyre Coastal Plain, of which it is a distinct physiographic section of the larger Eucla Basin province, which in turn is part of the larger West Australian Shield division.

The peninsula’s major industry is farming, although many coastal towns also have commercial fishing. In the drier northern parts of the peninsula, farming is mainly related to cereal crops, sheep, and cattle.

In the south, however, more water-intensive activities such as dairy farming are carried out. There is also a growing wine industry in the south.

Arid Terrain and Salt Lakes in South Australia

January 9th, 2009 Category: Lakes

South Australia - November 27th, 2008

South Australia - November 27th, 2008

In this reduced resolution image we can see the arid land of South Australia, a state of Australia in the southern central part of the country.

It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent and has a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi).

The terrain consists largely of arid and semi-arid rangelands, with several low mountain ranges. Towards the bottom of the image we can see part of the Gawler Ranges.

The region’s mean temperature range is 29 °C (84 °F) in January and 15 °C (59 °F) in July. Daily temperatures in parts of the state in January and February can be up to 48 °C (118 °F).

In the center of the bottom of the image we can see a cluster of salt lakes: Lake Gairdner, Lake Everard, Lake Acramah, Island Lagoon and Lake Macfarlane.

The largest is Lake Gairdner, an endorheic lake. It is over 160 km (100 miles) long and 48 km (30 miles) across with salt over 1.2 metres (4 ft) thick in some places.

source Wikipedia