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Fire on Coast of Western Australia

29.1S 119.5E

April 12th, 2011 Category: Fires, Lakes, Salt Flats

Australia - March 31st, 2011

Smoke from a fire near the coast of Western Australia blows offshore on the left side of this image. In the full image, the plume can be seen extending further out over the ocean and arching northward.

Also of interest are the whitish areas in the upper part of the image, evidence of the lakebeds of intermittent salt lakes. The largest of these is the “M-shaped” Lake Barlee, near the top edge.

 

 

Dry Lakebed of Saline Lake Barlee, Western Australia

July 4th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Australia - June 1st, 2010

Australia - June 1st, 2010

The red terrain of Western Australia is interrupted by whitish tan lakebeds of intermittent salt lakes. The largest of these is Lake Barlee, easily recognizable by its distinctive “M” shape.

Lake Barlee is more than 100 km wide from west to east, and about 80 km wide from north to south. Lake Barlee is usually dry, filling only once about every ten years, after which the water generally remains for under a year. Here, it does not appear to contain water.

Dry Lakebed of Lake Barlee, Australia

29.1S 119.5E

April 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

The large, M-shaped greyish white area in the upper lefthand quadrant is Lake Barlee, an intermittent salt lake in Western Australia. The lake has a width of over 100 km from west to east, and a length of about 80 km from north to south.

Lake Barlee is usually dry, hence its grey and white tones tones in this image, created by salt in the lakebed. It fills about once every ten years, although these wet periods generally last less than a year.

Western Australia, from Temperate to Desert Climate Zones

December 30th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Australia - November 30th, 2009

Australia - November 30th, 2009

The southern part of Western Australia has a temperate climate, particularly in the southwest coastal area, whose mostly tan-colored landscape can be observed in the lower left quadrant. The darker green patches are areas of forests and mountain ranges, including the Stirling Range National Park and the Peak Charles National Park. The latter is easily identifiable as a dark green area shaped like a perfect square.

Moving to the northeast, the landscape changes to the red semi-arid or desert area of the central part of the state. Many salt lakes appear as white streaks across the red earth of this region, including the intermittent Lake Barlee, shaped like the letter “M”. Lake Barlee is more than 100 km wide from west to east, and about 80 km wide from north to south. It usually fills only once every ten years, after which the water generally remains present for less than a year.

From Temperate to Desert Climates in Western Australia

January 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

January 22nd, 2009

January 22nd, 2009

The state of Western Australia boasts an interesting mixture of climates, from temperate in the South, to semi-arid or desert in the center, to tropical in the North.

The tan area in the lower left corner is the southwest coastal area. It  is relatively temperate and was originally heavily forested. This agricultural region of Western Australia has great biodiversity.

In this region there are several national parks, including the Peak Charles National Park and the Stirling Range National Park. The former is located 507 km east of Perth, and is easily identifiable as a dark green area shaped like a perfect square.

The latter is located approximately 337 km south-east of Perth, and has a rectangular shape. It protects the Stirling Ranges, or Koikyennuruff, a range of mountains and hills over 60 km wide from west to east, which is one of the richest areas for flora in the world.

The red area in the upper half is part of the state’s central semi-arid or desert area. This region is lightly inhabited with the only significant activity being mining. Annual rainfall averages about 200 to 250 millimetres (8–10 in), most of which occurs in sporadic torrential falls related to cyclone events in summer months.

There are many salt lakes in this region, including the intermittent Lake Barlee, shaped like the letter “M”.  Lake Barlee is more than 100 km wide from west to east, and about 80 km wide from north to south. It is usually dry, though it fills about once every ten years, after which the water persists for a little less than a year.

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