Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Lake Hinds in western Australia.
This photo was taken by an astronaut on board the International Space Station.
Lake Hinds is located just outside of Perth, Australia and measures only 5 kilometers in length.
Most days, the lake is dry, revealing a shiny white bed of salt. But here, the lake has been filled by recent rainy weather.Western Australia is a state occupying the western 32.9 percent of the land area of Australia excluding external territories. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, and the Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east, and South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia’s largest state, with a total land area of 2,527,013 square kilometres, and the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia’s Sakha Republic. As of 2017, the state has about 2.6 million inhabitants – around 11 percent of the national total – of whom the vast majority live in the south-west corner; 79 percent of the population lives in the Perth area, leaving the remainder of the state sparsely populated.
Surrounding the lake are smooth lake beds and “bath-tub rings” that reveal that the lake was previously much bigger.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory