Serpentine Lakes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Serpentine Lakes
Serpentine Lakes.JPG
LocationSouth Australia and Western Australia
Coordinates28°43′S 129°7′E / 28.717°S 129.117°E / -28.717; 129.117Coordinates: 28°43′S 129°7′E / 28.717°S 129.117°E / -28.717; 129.117
Typesalt lakes
Basin countriesAustralia
Max. length100 km
Surface area97 km²

The Serpentine Lakes is a chain of salt lakes in the Great Victoria Desert of Australia. It runs for almost 100 km (62 mi) along the border between South Australia and Western Australia. When full, the lakes cover an area of 9,700 hectares (97 km2). Most of it is located in the Mamungari Conservation Park. The Anne Beadell Highway crosses the northernmost arm of the lake.

The Serpentine Lakes are considered an important wetlands area. They form part of a major palaeo-drainage system, an ancient and inactive drainage system from the Palaeozoic era.[1][2] The surface of the lake normally consists of dry clay, silt and sand, and is covered with a salty crust. The sediment is mostly quartz arenite. The lakes form the main channel of the palaeo-drainage system. Other channels are covered by dunes and are not well defined.[3]

Tektites high in magnesium have been found in these lakes.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rangelands - Overview". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Australian Government, Department of Sustainabililty, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. 2001–2002. Retrieved 1 April 2013. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  2. "Maralinga hand-over prompts celebration". The Age. Melbourne: The Age Company Ltd. Australian Associated Press. 25 August 2004.
  3. Mamungari Conservation Park Board of Management (2011). "Mamungari Conservation Park Management Plan 2011" (PDF). Adelaide: Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  4. Gerald J. H. MacCall (2001). Tektites in the Geological Record: Showers of Glass from the Sky. Geological Society. p. 48. ISBN 9781862390850.