Dry and Dusty

We are home from our week in the Flinders Ranges. It really is an amazing place full of HISTORY. Check out my photos on flickr and you will see the human history as well as the geological history – rocks that are over 600 million years old.

Missionaries

Brachina Gorge

But most of all, what struck me the most was how dry it was. The water level in the underground Aroona Spring in Brachina Gorge is so low that water can no longer be drawn from the spring.

You've ruined it 01

I walked around the abandoned town of Beltana, with the humidity below 10% and the temperature above 40C. The sweat didn’t pour out of me, it was being sucked out of me. Even the air is desperate for some moisture.

Beltana  Smith of Dunesk mission

We walked up a few creek beds. Creeks that in summers of my past had water at least trickling through them. We found a few stagnant pools, but mostly we found a jigsaw of cracked dried silt and in some cases plate sized circles of salt crystals growing on the rocks.

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I hope it rains soon

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2 responses to “Dry and Dusty

  1. That salt is a real worry! But it’s all still beautiful — hope I can get to it one day.

  2. thismechanican

    I’m a bit concerned about the salt too, but a friend who lives up that way says it isn’t surprising considering how close they are to Lakes Torrens, Eyre and Frome – all very salty lakes

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