Looking for a Map

Submitted: Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 08:24
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I am looking for a map of Australia that shows the boundaries of the 10 Australian Deserts that i could down load.

I have tried to Google a few sites, but the maps they have don't show the boundaries.

Wayne
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Reply By: HJ60-2H - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 08:52

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 08:52
Desert boundries are a bit like oean boundries. There are no hard and fast lines. Might be hard to find such a map I reckon.
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 08:57

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 08:57
I am starting to think that way myself.

I know that I will be going through most of the deserts later this year but would like to know where one desert starts and the other finishes.

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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:05

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:05
Do the HEMA desert maps do this?
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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:10

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:10
Not really, they just show a name in the centre of each desert
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:11

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:11
Bonz,

I was hoping to get one map with all the deserts boundaries on them.

Might have to go to a map shop, but I was wanting to down load one.

I don't want much:-))

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:13

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:13
yer I just went and had a look
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:13

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:13
what about the maps you get with your desert passes?
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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:20

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:20
Same thing unfortunately
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Reply By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:13

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:13
This might be helpful Wayne

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Follow Up By: David from David and Justine Olsen's 4WD Tag-Along - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:16

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:16
This is the key to the map

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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 11:30

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 11:30
David,

Sorry to take so long to reply but had to go and do a few laps of an oval to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

Thanks for the info. It is the best map that I have and it will give me the info that I want.

Wayne
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Reply By: Member - Toolman (VIC) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:43

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 09:43
Wayne,
Back in the days when I worked for a living we compiled that information into a guide for the NATMAP Technical Specifications for the 250K Mapping. Your best bet is to contact Geoscience Australia (Try Freecall 1800 800 173) and ask them if they have that information available to the public. Failing that, ask if the guide is still in the Techncial Specifications I mentioned above. The guide is not a published map as such and I can't remember if it had coordinates on it or not but it does give you a graphical representation of where the deserts are. You could also download the Techncial Specifications as a PDF document and look yourself but its a 23 Megabyte document and very borimng to read.

I hope you have success.

Tom

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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 11:42

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 11:42
10 deserts................begs the question, what is a desert???

here's a few I can think of , off the top

1. Great Sandy
2. Tanami
3. Little
4. Big
5. Pedirka
6. Great Victoria
7. Gibson
8. Tirari
9. Strzelecki
10. Sturt's Stony
11. Painted
12. Simpson
13. Is the Cobbler(If one travels on the Strzelecki Track one passes through it) a desert ? - certainly a unique landform of low vegetative cover, in an arid environment, with sand dunes.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Rick (S.A.) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:02

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:02
14. Nullabor.....IMHO a desert, as it fits so many of the above's characteristics
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:02

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:02
Rick,

I got this from a site.

STATE/TERRITORY NAME SIZE (km2) AUSTRALIA ( % )
WA, SA Great Victoria 348 750 4.5
WA Great Sandy 267 250 3.5
WA, NT Tanami 184 500 2.4
NT, QLD, SA Simpson 176 500 2.3
WA Gibson 156 000 2.0
WA Little Sandy 111 500 1.5
SA, QLD, NSW Strzelecki 80 250 1.0
SA, QLD, NSW Sturt Stony 29 750 0.3
SA Tirari 15 250 0.2
SA Pedirka 1 250 less than 0.1

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Rick (S.A.) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:09

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:09
Thanks, Wayne. Which site?

Just looked on Google for definitions of a desert. Here's a few:

1. A land area that receives less than 10 inches (25 cm) of precipitation a year, that loses more water through evaporation than it gains from precipitation, and that has high summer temperatures
www.planetpals.com/ecodictionary.html

2. An area, either hot or cold, where the annual precipitation is less than 25 cm (10 in).
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3. A region with an average annual rainfall of 10 inches or less and sparse vegetation, typically having thin, dry, and crumbly soil. A desert has an aridity index greater than 4.0.
college.hmco.com/geology/resources/geologylink/glossary/d.html

4. A type of biome characterized by low moisture levels and infrequent and unpredictable precipitation. Daily and seasonal temperatures fluctuate widely.
highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0070294267/student_view0/glossary_a-d.html

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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:19

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 12:19
Rick,

Geoscience Australia Free Data Download

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Wisey (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:27

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:27
Hi Wayne

There is a map shop in 440 Church St Parrarmatta cnr Grose st
9890 2080. www.mapcentre.com.au

geomaps

www.lpi.nsw.gov.au/maps in bridge st city

By the way were you runnning around Concorde RSL for the fundraise? I did that a year ago.

Cheers
Andy
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:45

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:45
Andy,

Will give the Parramatta map shop a go on Monday.

Just a walk in the park. Howell Park in Penrith. Fund Raiser for the Cancer Council of NSW.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: HJ60-2H - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:35

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:35
Deserts are defined by rainfall. The Antarcic is the worlds biggest desert
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Reply By: Trevor M (SA) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:32

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:32
theres a pretty basic map at this site:

members.ozemail.com.au/~slacey/deserts.htm

(You need to page down)

Trevor
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:47

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 14:47
Trevor,

Good site. Some links that were on there I have already looked at.

Thanks.

Wayne
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Reply By: Laura B - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:36

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:36
The best I could do for you would be:

Site Link

its got an out line of all the deserts put together....

but i guess youve had a look at this one already....cannt believe this type of map is so hard to find!! Let us know how you go...

Laura

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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:50

Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 16:50
Laura,

That is close but I would like to know the boundaries.

This has turned out to be a bigger task than I thought it would be.

Wayne
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