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Brown hills speckle the eastern part of Australia's Lake MacKay in this satellite image.

Located on the border of the states of Western Australia and Northern Territory, the salt lake only sees water after seasonal rainfall – if at all. It is classified as an ephemeral lake, meaning it exists only after precipitation. This is not the same as a seasonal lake, which sees water for longer periods.

About half of Australia's rivers drain inland and often end in ephemeral salt lakes.

The greens and blues in this image show desert vegetation or algae, soil moisture and minerals – mainly salt. On some of the brown ‘islands' and on the shore in the lower right, we can see the east–west sand ridges forming lines in the landscape.

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Credit: ESA - Additional editing and text by the eoPortal team.

Lake MacKay


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