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Flinders Ranges Between Lakes Torrens and Frome, Australia

31.5S 138.6E

April 30th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Salt Flats

Australia - March 5th, 2010

Australia - March 5th, 2010

The brown Flinders Ranges lie between the greyish white Lake Torrens (left) and Lake Frome (right). They comprise the largest mountain range in South Australia, which starts approximately 200 km north west of Adelaide.

Lake Torrens is a 5,700 square kilometre endorheic saline rift lake in South Australia. It forms part of the same rift valley that includes Spencer Gulf to the south and is approximately 240 km long. Lake Torrens is usually a dry salt flat. It has only been filled with water once in the past 150 years.

Lake Frome is a large endorheic lake in South Australia, east of the Northern Flinders Ranges. It is a large, shallow, unvegetated playa or saltpan, 100 km long and 40km wide, lying mostly below sea level and having a total surface area of 259,615 hectares. It only rarely fills with brackish water flowing down usually dry creeks in the Northern Flinders Ranges from the west, or exceptional flows down the Strzelecki Creek from the north.