Friday, March 12, 2010

Cooper Creek, Near Lake Eyre, South Australia

Rarely does the Cooper empty its waters into Lake Eyre, and it is not the rain that falls in its mid-or lower- reaches that causes it to flow down this far, but abnormally heavy rains falling in southwest Queensland. Once it reaches the arid plains, the Cooper usually dries up, leaving a series of beautiful waterholes, many of them permanent. When it does come down in flood, its waters spread into a maze of shallow channels and billabongs, and for a time may cover the land for hundreds of kilometres - which is not uncommon occurrence in the vicinity of Innamincka, situated near the border in South Australia.
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