Lake Eyre: The mysterious inland sea
The filling of Lake Eyre is one of Australia’s great natural spectacles.
Fed by floodwaters that have travelled more than 1,000 kilometres from the channel country in Queensland, a vast inland sea emerges in the heart of Australia’s driest region.
Lake Eyre actually consists of two lakes, Lake Eyre North (8 430 km²) and Lake Eyre South (1 260 km²), connected by Goyder Channel which has a length of 15 km. It covers a 6th of the continent. It sits below sea level.
It can fill in a matter of days and takes years to dry out and its flood pattern is relatively unknown.
When the lake flood it brings with it an eruption of bird and mammal life. Thousands of birds of many species fly to the lake to breed. Pelicans and seagulls usually coastal birds will fly to the heart of arid desert country to breed there.
When European explorers first arrived in Australia they believed for many years that an inland sea existed and many perished trying to reach it.
This Lake epitomises the might of Australia as a continent and has the ability to bring a country of coastal hugging individuals to the centre of it vast land. It can humble and subdue a species (human beings) in such an awe inspiring and spectacular fashion. If we get too big for our boots it inevitably reminds us who is boss.
I have a desire to visit the Lake before it drains as I may not get another chance in my life time My artwork combines satellite images of the lake at its various stages of flood and drawings from my sketchbook that remind me of little alien microorganisms. I would like to think that they would be at home in Lake Eyres waters.