A Waypoint for Google Earth. Can you figure what this is ?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 19:14
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Please have a look here. Can you tell what all these lines are out here in the desert ? Looks like mining remediation work, but I don't think so .

Maybe an ancient alien golf course !

22°58'50.45"S
120°13'1.43"E

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Willie.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 19:30

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 19:30
Interesting image, wasn't there a big drug crop out that was once.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 23:05

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 23:05
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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 19:54

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 19:54
Willie.
That looks like it was a lake once, maybe they are the Ripples in the lake bed or Ripples left buy the floodway??????

Maybe WA is trying for their own massive earth work to rival "Marree Man"

JMHO, Colin.
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Reply By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:12

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:12
Sort of looks like a heap of very old dozing Willie, but I doubt it.
Have a look here and you'll see one of the yards we mustered cattle into last year.
22° 7'0.56"S
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:03

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:03
Hi Laurie,

That's right, you were you on Ethel Creek last year. Did you get any waypoints for the tin mines you mentioned ?

I will look at your mustering spot tomorrow, as the dog is looking at me and pestering me for her, "last leak before bed" walk.

Cheers,

Willie.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:19

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:19
I reckon it might be a rehabilitated mine site too
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:30

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:30
I think it looks like contouring with the purpose of possibly revegitating the area.

Quite often that is done and seeds from various plants are spread along the furrows to create regrowth.

I see there is a homestead only about 10 Kms away from there.

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Reply By: equinox - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:33

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:33
Hi again Mike,

An extract from Curtin Uni's Mulga Research Centre Annual report of 2003 may shed some light on the matter:

Heading: Rehabilitation of degraded grasslands at Ethel Creek station, Pilbara, following mechanical treatment after overgrazing.

Degraded areas of Ethel Creek station were mechanically treated and seed of Cenchrus ciliaris (buffel grass) and Cenchrus setigerus (birdwood grass) were sown over the period 1992-1998. These rehabilitated areas of the Fortescue floodplain are sampled periodically to examine persistence of species, density and cover following soil ripping. Untreated controls are used to contrast natural variation with any treatment effects. The long-term objective is to return formerly degraded areas to cattle grazing on a sustained basis.

In 2003, perennial grass density continued to increase at most rehabilitation sets, largely attributed to the spread of Cenchrus spp, the dominant species present in the study area.

This partly reflects the unwillingness of cattle to eat these species. Salsola tragus, an indicator of poor rangeland condition, has decreased substantially in importance since assessments commenced. Over time, mean plant density and cover have generally increased, but have fluctuated with rainfall levels. The status of treated sites in 2003 indicated that treatment effects have been long-lasting in reversing the degraded quality of disturbed sites. Mechanically treated sites were generally in better condition than the adjacent control transects. Higher than average rainfall in the study area since 1995 (with the exception of 1998) have largely influenced improvements in site condition, but water ponding has clearly allowed plants in treated areas to benefit longer after rain from enhanced soil moisture. The primary goal of applying the treatments to ensure pasture improvement has been achieved, and overall, the rehabilitation at Ethel Creek station has generally been successful. It is recommended that seed of some native perennials be sown in areas inhabited by Cenchrus spp to determine whether they can establish among it. For some sites, further monitoring is recommended, possibly coupled with re-treatment.

Prof J. E. D. Fox, Mr T. Carlino, Mr R. Thomas, Ms E. Bedells and Ms D. Cocquyt.


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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 21:58

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 21:58
Well done Alan. Thanks for that. I spend hours on Google Earth and often come up with stuff that seems wrong. That contouring certainly looked "wrong".
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Willie.

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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:47

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 20:47
Willie, here is another site that has been revegitated.
You have travelled past it a few times I reckon.
There are a lot of claypans in the area and Old Man Saltbush has been planted to try and improve the land.

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:04

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:04
Thanks Dave,
I will check it out tomorrow.
Willie.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:05

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:05
Thanks everybody, for the zany and the serious replies - all good.

Willie.
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Reply By: a convict - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:23

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:23
..brand new to me.

If you just copy and paste 'your' coordinates above, into the Google " Fly to " window, it will take you straight to the right spot. What'll they think of next.

..as I say, all new to me.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:34

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:34
The 'cameras' along the Marble Bar Road are new to me.

Could save myself a lot of fuel and expense just using Google Earth rather than actually driving there myself!
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:45

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:45
The satellite photo of Namatjira Drive through the West Macs is dirt, but the vehicle mounted camera shows the sealed road.
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