Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Crusted Salt

Amadeus Lake Crusted Salt


Australian land rich in unusual natural attractions, each of which is interesting in its own way. One of these miracles - Salt Lake Lake Amadeus (Amadeus Lake), located in the south-west of Northern Australia.

This reservoir is the largest salt lake of these places, because its size is 180 km long and 10 km wide. But an unusual elongated shape and scattered dozens of small islands in the middle of the lake - is not the only difference. The main feature of the local water is its high level of salinity. Scientists estimate that the pool Lake Amadeus contains about 600 million tons of salt. Despite these rich reserves, production of this mineral are not suitable, since this prevents the location of the lake in a fairly remote area.

Fairly large even today, thousands of years ago it was just a giant lake, and covers a much larger area. Today, it is almost dry, and the water level in it increases only during the rainy season. In the dry season the lake is covered with a thick layer of Lake Amadeus salt, because of what resembles a cosmic landscapes than ordinary earthly body of water.

Islands on the lake are composed of red sand, and living on their plants have long been adapted to local harsh conditions they can withstand drought and lack of fresh water, and heat the air. If you plan to visit this sight in a car.

Fifty kilometers from the lake is a huge stone monolith Uluru, which in itself is an interesting attraction. In ancient times, when the lake occupied a much larger area, this rock was the largest island in the middle of Lake Amadeus salt water.

For the first time, this body of water was discovered in 1872 by explorer Ernest Giles. The history of Occurrence Lake’s name: Giles originally going to name it in honor of his benefactor, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller. But Muller decided that this honor is more worthy of the Spanish King Amadeus I, and persuaded the scientist to the pond appropriate name.