Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest salt lake, has been brought back to life after heavy rains fell around the lake on New Year’s Day.
According to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, the rapid filling of Kati Thanda by local flooding is unusual and an extraordinary event.
The desert around Kati Thanda may not flood like this again for decade.
Lake Eyre typically looks nothing like a lake as it contains little to no water because its catchment area is within some of Australia’s arid and semi-arid deserts.
Local rain and associated flooding is thus very important drawing birds and other small mammals back to the area.
But the lake only fills a few times over a course of 100 years. And when it does it becomes Australia’s largest.
If you want, you can help AWC protect Lake Eyre, its desert rivers and its threatened wildlife here.