Central Australian Desert Aerial: Tjilapulpa (or Mira Lakes) in Yiningarra Country. Saltpans in a Longitudinal Dune Field, Tanami Desert, NT

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Comments (4)

EVA_L on March 3, 2009

Very interesting aerial journey over the desert, Yan. How beautiful, unusual and unexpected colors here!

Warm regards, Eva

Ian Stehbens on March 3, 2009

Dear Eva,

When I think of the vast distances of the deserts here, I find myself thinking of the vastness of Siberia as well. There, there are great rivers that flow north, often melting in the spring in the south before they melt in the lower reaches of the far north. And what fantastic phenomena result as the ice dams, breaks up, explodes, collides, dams!

Here there were once great rivers. But, as the continent became drier, faulted and warped, the sculpting of the landscape has not allowed the occasional runoffs to flow to the ocean. The water simply flows to the lowest point in the area that has either been tectonically created or even deflated by persistent winds through the aeons.

I am delighted too to bring you the colours of our deserts.

By the way, to give you scale, this lake is 8 kms across at this point. And it is 70kms long altogether. And it apparently has no name for there are too many lakes strewn across the deserts!

Warmest regards,


amir va shahram امیر… on December 10, 2009

Excellent photo !Greetings



Ian Stehbens on December 10, 2009

Dear Amir Va Shahram,

Thanks for your visit to this remarkable part of the world. And thanks for your link.

Ian (in Brisbane, Australia)

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