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Ephemeral Lakes in Western Australia

23.4S 122.8E

June 12th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Western Australia - June 8th, 2009

Western Australia - June 8th, 2009

The Rudall River, appearing as a tan streak through the red landscape, is an ephemeral river in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The entire length of the river is located within the boundaries of the Rudall River National Park, the largest national park in Australia.

The Rudall River occasionally brings water to Lake Dora, a seasonal salt lake. It lies between the vegetated sand fields of the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts. Here, the seasonal lake appears to contain water.

South of Lake Dora is another ephemeral salt lake, called Lake Disappointment. The lake, which is saline, is home to many species of waterbirds.

Continuing south, yet another ephemeral lake, Lake Carnegie, comes into view near the bottom of the image. It fills with water only during periods of significant rainfall. In dry years, it is reduced to a muddy marsh.

Lake Disappointment, Australia

January 28th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Lake Disappointment and Lake Dora - January 22nd, 2009

Lake Disappointment and Lake Dora - January 22nd, 2009

This remote part of Western Australia includes two salt lakes: Lake Disappointment (below) and Lake Dora (above).

Lake Disappointment is an ephemeral salt lake that is home to many species of waterbirds. It was named by the explorer Frank Hann in 1897.  He noticed creeks in the area flowed inland, and followed them expecting to find a large fresh water lake. To his disappointment the lake turned out to be salt, and subsequently it was named Lake Disappointment.

Lake Dora, on the other hand, is a seasonal salt lake. It lies between the vegetated sand fields of the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts. The Rudall River occasionally brings water to Lake Dora.

About 1252 km northeast of Perth, north of Lake Disappointment and surrounding Lake Dora is the Rudall River National Park. It is the second largest national park in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

source Wikipedia