Lake Blanche

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Lake Blanche is a large salt lake in the north east corner of South Australia. It is normally dry, but can be filled by local flooding or when the Strzelecki Creek flows into it. It covers an area of about 170,000 ha (420,079 acres).[1] When Lake Blanche was first seen by the explorer Edward John Eyre in 1840, he believed it was part of a large horse shoe shaped lake at the end of the Flinders Ranges.[2] This lake stopped the explorers from being able to travel any further to the north. When Charles Sturt visited the lake shore in 1845 he also thought it was part of a larger lake.[2] In 1858 the explorer Augustus Charles Gregory was the first European to find a path between Lake Blanche and Lake Callabonna.[2] Lake Blanche was named after the wife of the Governor of South Australia, Sir Richard Graves McDonnell.[2] The area near the lake had been called Blanchewater Plains by explorer Benjamin Herschel Babbage in 1856.[2] In August 1857, Captain Freeling attempted to explore the flooded lake by boat.[3] The water was not deep enough to float the boat, and even after walking more than 5 km (3 mi) into the lake it was still only ankle deep.

The area around Lake Blanche is now being explored for development of a uranium mine.[4]

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  1. "Map of Lake Blanche in South Australia". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Lake Blanche". The Australian Encyclopaedia. II. Sydney: The Grollier Society. 1958. p. 27. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. Painter, Alison (2011). "29 August 1857 Captain Freeling and Lake Blanche". Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  4. "Cameco - Australia". 2011 [last update]. Retrieved 21 December 2011. Check date values in: |year= (help)