Australia: The Land Where Time Began

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Lake Disappointment - a salina

An ephemeral salt lake on the edge of the Gibson Desert in Western Australia, 650 km south of Derby. It is 330 km2 and 160 lm long. It is sometimes boggy, but most often completely dry. The Canning Stockroute  passes along the northern edge.

In 1896 the explorer Lawrence Allan Wells thought there would be a lagoon in the lowest part of the depression but when it turned out not to be the case, it was named for the resulting disappointment.

The view of the lake to the horizon sometimes can be unusual, if not ethereal, when the shimmering haze from the white salt merges with the sky.

Sources & Further reading

Mary E White, Running Down, Water in a Changing Land, Kangaroo Press, 2000


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