The Dead Sea of Australia comes to life: spectacular images shot from space show Lake Eyre and turn it into a rare paradise
- Spectacular photos show that Lake Eyre almost fills up after heavy rainfall
- Seven are already flowing from Sydney Harbor to the water in Lake Eyre
- It is only known that Lake Eyre fills up to four times in a given century
Enough water to fill Sydney Harbor seven times ended up in Lake Eyre between February and May, making it almost full for the first time since 1974.
Adam Voiland from the NASA Earth Observatory told The advertiser Lake Eyre, also known as Kati Thanda, is on schedule to be 75 percent full by the end of this week.
& # 39; By the end of the month, about three-quarters of the surface area of the lake is likely to be covered, putting the lake on track to reach full status in more than 40 years & # 39 ;, he told the publication .
Enough water to fill Sydney Harbor seven times, flowed into Lake Eyre between February and May and almost left the lake for the first time since 1974
Adam Voiland of the NASA Earth Observatory told The Advertiser Lake Eyre is well on its way to be three-quarters filled by the end of this week
# Normally it completely fills only a few times per century; this last happened in 1974 and 1950. Smaller water flows reach the lake every few years. & # 39;
The desert river system that forms Lake Eyre and its surroundings is one of the largest and most pristine in the world.
The more than average rainfall in the summer and autumn months slowly made its way to Lake Eyre via & # 39; a long series of dried out canals, water holes and lagoons & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Floodwater started flowing into the lake for the first time in mid-March. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Terra acquired this fake color image on May 15, 2019, the lake was almost half full reading a, & # 39; NASA Earth statement.
& # 39; Water first filled two narrow canals that run from north to south; then the swimming pool started in the southernmost part of Lake Eyre North. & # 39;
Typically Lake Eyre will only fill a few times per century, making this a rare phenomenon.
A side-by-side shot of what Lake Eyre looked like in May 2018 (left) and what it looks like from May 2019 (right)
Wildlife also comes back to the shores of Lake Eyre, including birds, fish, insects, and amphibians
The desert river system that forms Lake Eyre and its surroundings is one of the largest and most pristine in the world
Wrightsair owner and pilot Trevor Wright had the unique experience of witnessing the top-up filling.
"We have certainly seen an increase in bird life, with the water entering the lake now, although it has fallen a bit, and along the Channel Land, the increase in vegetation," he told the advertiser.
Wildlife also comes back to the shores of Lake Eyre, including birds, fish, insects, and amphibians.
Lake Eyre is the largest salt lake in Australia and is divided into a North lake and a southern lake, it is also the lowest point below sea level on the entire continent.
It is also considered an extremely important cultural sight for many indigenous peoples.
The lake has only been filled four times in the last 150 years.
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