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Outback Desert Lake Brims With Life After Months of Rain June 18, 2010
Aerial views of Lake Eyre
Top image shows an only partially filled Lake Eyre while the bottom illustrates results of recent rainfall.
Parts of Australia’s desert outback are in bloom thanks to a second year of heavy rainfall that also promises to fill Lake Eyre to its highest level since 1974.

The abundance of water flowing across hundreds of miles and through dozens of streams has turned the rugged region into a spectacular explosion of life.

And much of that water is reaching Lake Eyre, normally a glistening salt flat on the edge of the Simpson Desert.

This has prompted thousands of birds to fly long journeys to breed in an Eden-like environment that can remain parched and barren for years at a time.

“These boom periods are when the whole biological system takes off, and whatever level you're looking at, from the microscopic up to the pelican, they're doing their thing,” leading wildlife expert Richard Kingsford told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Top photo: Tourism South Australia
Bottom photo: Pete Dobre