Top Ten Deserts

Australian Outback

The interior of western Australia comprises three nominally distinct but geographically interconnected deserts. The Great Sandy Desert, in the northwest, is covered in salt marshes and Spinifex sand hills. Gibson Desert, just to its south, fills the central west. Most of this area is now the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve and protected home to many desert animals. Further to the south is the Great Victoria Desert, the eastern edge of which contains the Central and North West Aboriginal reserves. The Great Victoria Desert Nature Reserve, the Nullarbor National Park, and the Flora and Fauna Conservation Park are in this southern plot. At the eastern edge of the Great Victoria Desert, there are also large dune fields that extend into the often-visited Simpson Desert. Periodic rain in these and other arid areas runs off quickly to dramatic terrain-altering effect.

Published: 17 Jan 2003 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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