Australia’s largest inland lake: Lake Eyre

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Australia’s largest inland lake: Lake Eyre.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Australia’s largest inland lake: Lake Eyre. The photo was taken by the EarthKAM camera on board the International Space Station.

Lake Eyre can be easily seen from space thanks to its massive, white-floored lake bed that is usually completely dry. Most water that attempts to enter the lake through the Warburton Creek on the north side usually evaporates or gets absorbed by the sand. But after an unusually long period of heavy rains late last year, floodwater began flowing into the lake, causing the tan, green, and blue streaks that run through the center.

The lake’s official name is actually Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, in keeping with Australia’s dual-naming policy for many cities and natural landmarks.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory