Nature re-fills a dried-up lake in spectacular fashion.
There is not much that is sadder to us than a completely dried-up lake. It must be baked into our very nature to be depressed and see nothing but stand where there used to be water everywhere. In some arid parts of the world, there are lakes that spend months dusty and dry before nature suddenly re-fills them again.
One of those lakes is Kati Thandra-Lake Eyre in South Australia. It is an extremely shallow body of water but covers nearly 3,700 square miles when it is full.
The Australian Wildlife Conservancy were on hand one year to capture a spectacular event. A deluge of floodwaters returning to the dried-up lakebed to refresh it once again. It is an amazing and quite beautiful show of nature's forces at work.
Even more amazing than seeing a lake suddenly return to the desert is the distance these floodwaters had to travel to get there. According to the video's description, the water traveled nearly 1,000 kilometers, or a little over 600 miles, to re-fill the lake once again. It does this by flowing down a river system known as the Diamantina-Warburton.
Because this part of Australia has such a hot, and arid climate, it is not uncommon for that river to run extremely low too. In some droughts, it has only been a few inches deep at most. Amazingly, this lake sits nearly 50 feet below sea level, which means it is one of the few places for the water to flow. Just imagine what a relief this must be for all the wildlife in the area every year when the waters return.
Like many lakes of this nature in Australia, this lake can sometimes have high salinity levels, which sometimes cause it to turn as pink as bubble gum. This truly helps make Kati Thandra-Lake Eyre one of a kind when it comes to Australia's many fascinating salt lakes.