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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.

Salt-covered Surfaces of Lakes Torrens and Gairdner, Australia

31S 137.8E

April 24th, 2012 Category: Salt Flats

Australia - April 14th, 2012

The large white areas in the upper left quadrant of this image of Southern Australia are Lake Torrens and Lake Gairdner, two large salt lakes. The former lies between the Arcoona Plateau to the west and the Flinders Ranges to the east. It stretches approximately 200km in length and 30km in average width. It has a thin salt crust with red-brown clays beneath which are soft and boggy. Lake Gairdner is a large endorheic lake,  over 160 km long and 48 km across with salt over 1.2 metres (4 ft) thick in some places.

The Yorke Peninsula Near Adelaide, Australia, and Nearby Lakes

35S 137.2E

April 14th, 2010 Category: Lakes

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

The Yorke Peninsula is a peninsula located north-west and west of Adelaide in South Australia, Australia, between Spencer Gulf on the west and Gulf St Vincent on the east. The peninsula is separated from Kangaroo Island to the southeast by Investigator Strait.

Principal towns include the Copper Triangle towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo; farming centres of Maitland, Minlaton and Yorketown; and the port of Ardrossan. A number of smaller coastal towns are popular destinations for fishing and holidays, particularly from Adelaide. The south-western tip is occupied by Innes National Park.d

Two lakes can also be seen near the peninsula: the green lake east of Kangaroo Island, near the shoreline, is Lake Alexandrina, and the bright white patch in the upper left quadrant is the saline, endorheic Lake Gairdner.

Southern Territory, Australia

January 23rd, 2009 Category: Lakes

Southern Territory, Australia - January 14th, 2009

Southern Territory, Australia - January 14th, 2009

Most of the state of South Australia, in the southern central part of Australia, can be seen here.

The terrain consists largely of arid and semi-arid rangelands. There are also several low mountain ranges, of which the most important is the Mt Lofty-Flinders Ranges system  extending north about 800 kilometres (497 mi) from Cape Jervis to the northern end of Lake Torrens and the salt lakes.

The salt lakes are visible on the right, north of Spencer Gulf. The three most prominent ones are Lake Eyre (farthest north), Lake Torrens (just north of the gulf) and Lake Gairdner (farthest west).

The western portion of the state consists of the sparsely-inhabited Nullarbor Plain fronting the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight.

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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