Kati Thanda / Lake Eyre up close Sat image

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Reply By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019 at 17:36

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019 at 17:36
Thank you quite informative

Perhaps add to the previous thread rather than staring a new one every time?

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Reply By: equinox - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019 at 20:43

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019 at 20:43
OK forgive me I live to the west of Long 129.

Is this lake, the biggest in Australia - going to fill up this time?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019 at 22:25

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019 at 22:25
There is simply not enough water Alan


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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019 at 22:29

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019 at 22:29
oh ok, that's a shame.
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Follow Up By: Teraa - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 08:35

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 08:35
It dont think the word fill should be used for the Lake it is just one of those places we’re it just would keep flooding out. So it’s just water in the Lake to a what will be a pretty cool coverage but yeah some on ground rain or more ongoing flooding would get it too it’s speckie self but it’s a speckie place when it’s dry.
With Sat. Images it won’t show all the water low creek heights are not seen.
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Follow Up By: mechpete - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 09:01

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 09:01
It only fills up about 3 times in 100yrs !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 14:55

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 14:55
Hi Pete

To put the records straight, Lake Eyre has only ever been filled once in living history between 1974 -1976, so there is an extremely different view of being filled and having water on its surface.


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Follow Up By: mechpete - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 15:55

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 15:55
Hi Stephen
Wow thats even less than i thought
Be nice to see it happen in our life hey
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Follow Up By: Teraa - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 20:19

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 20:19
We were thigh deep at its edge swimming in it in 2016
I think it gets water in it more than that we just don’t know
It’s not a place that has banks so you can say it’s full it’s not that kinda place.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 20:40

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 20:40
Don't think most people would care if it was technically "full" or not...just if it is worth a drive to see some water - I jagged a bit in 2011 - thought it was great.



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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 22:32

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 22:32
Hi Greg

I was only using my word to point out historical facts, that can not be disputed.

When you hear all the commercial tour operators raving on, they always push the word “FULL” as a way of getting people to pay for their services.

Any water on the Lake is great, but like I have said it has only ever been full once in living history.

It is unreal to think that when full, there is around 5 to 6 metres of water at its deepest parts and only then will it enter Lake Eyre South. When in normal years when it does have water in it, the wind can have the biggest effect of where water can be located on a daily basis.

It has be studied that there can be a covering of around 10 cm of water deep in one section of the lake, and with wind changes, that same section of lake can be waterless in 24 hours, and other sections of the lake that were dry over 100 kilometres away can have a covering of water.

Either way, it is a very special sight indeed to see any water there.

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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Thursday, Apr 04, 2019 at 14:04

Thursday, Apr 04, 2019 at 14:04
The phenomenon of wind induced water level changes is common in enclosed water bodies. When we visited in Oct 2016, the notional water level in Belt Bay and Halligans Bay was about 1 m, but Halligans Bay was completely empty.
On the Lower Lakes of the R. Murray a strong wind can result in a difference in water level of 30+ cm from one side to the other. Geographers/hydrologists call it a seiche from the French to sway back and forth.
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Follow Up By: Teraa - Thursday, Apr 04, 2019 at 18:22

Thursday, Apr 04, 2019 at 18:22
I am not trying to argue but even in 74 who deemed it full ?
Do they do regular checks on it ?
Or was it simply covered by 5 - 6m of water it’s not a swimming pool.
I just don’t like using the word full it simply has or has not water in it.
I am pretty sure there was water in south of the Lake in 2011 see attached sat. Image.
The rain and river levels in 74 have been seen since just not all at once.
No one will ever know what levels or on ground rain it took to get the Lake to that 74 level. BOM just doesn’t have the monitoring in place to even get a guess in and still don’t.
No one saw the Lake covered by water in 2016 or after Yasi because it wasn’t by the creek it was by on ground rain.
Some folk promote tourism well and have been cut down for it when they have been right and the creek did run and it did run to the Lake ,it’s just that others have more intentions for the water and have to have it at a boating level before it’s any good. Very few people who come to visit out there go boating. They just come to enjoy the water whether it’s 10m or 10cm. Seeing the water on the Lake is a gamble as you say it can be there then not just from wind. Don’t gamble fly it’s the only way to see the Lake and then try for the water at the access points.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Apr 04, 2019 at 19:50

Thursday, Apr 04, 2019 at 19:50
Hi Teraa

Please do not think that we are arguing about the water levels in Lake Eyre, as I am not and not saying that you are.

I like all outback travellers love to see any water in it and I was referring to reports on other media sites claiming that it will fill.

As for monitoring water levels in it, that is and recorded by scientific data collected and way back in 1974, scientists claim that it was the first time it had been filled in over 500 years (do not ask me how they work that out)



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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 00:03

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 00:03
Terra, do you have a link to get to that site?

An alternative site - Lake Eyre Yacht Club - Lake status
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 11:35

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 11:35
Sat Images Link

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 12:19

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2019 at 12:19
Tks for the link.



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Reply By: The Explorer - Friday, Apr 12, 2019 at 17:43

Friday, Apr 12, 2019 at 17:43
Sat Picture (Aque Reflectance) of Lake Eyre/Birdsville today ....



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