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Nullarbor

 

a plain in South Australia between the Great Victoria Desert and the Great Australian Bight. It is composed of strongly karsted Paleocene limestone; as a result there is no surface drainage. Along a steep scarp to the coastal lowland there are numerous tubular springs of an artesian basin. The surface is smooth with sinks up to 1.5 km in diameter. The climate is subtropical and semidesert. The precipitation, which falls mainly in the winter, averages 200–350 mm per year. Sections of oraches and halophytes sparsely cover desert sierozem soils with solonetzes and solonchaks.

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The Nullarbor Wilderness Protection Area is an internationally-recognised wilderness destination and is one of the largest semi-arid karst environments in the world.
Earlier this year, a couple of golfers playing the Nullarbor discovered several thousand pounds' worth of gold, which more than paid for their cross-country trip.
Eyre's Expedition Across the Nullarbor provides a good picture of the difficulties and hardships in the journey of Edward John Eyre and his Aboriginal servant Wylie from Fowler's Bay to Albany in 1840.
Being in the desert, it got pretty hot as well, up to 30C (86F) and there's no shade - Nullarbor comes from the Latin for "No Trees", so thanks to my Latin teacher at Monmouth School, Phil 'Taffy' Phillips, for that
The team, led by Dr Gavin Prideaux, from the Western Australian Museum in Perth, wrote: "By establishing the Nullarbor Pleistocene fauna was adapted to dry conditions, extinction hypotheses invoking mega-faunal susceptibility to aridity become untenable.
Evidently Ferguson believes (or was informed by a research assistant) that Moorundie is located in Western Australia, rather than on South Australia's Murray River, and that the Nullarbor Plain is 'the Australian desert'.
It travels through a range of landscapes from the Spectacular Blue Mountains to the desolate plains of the Nullarbor.
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No 120 (Netherlands) Squadron flew across the Nullarbor and arrived at Potshot without any basic stores, such as messing, tentage etc.
He has yet to nominate an exact landing place, although his mission control has suggested it will likely be somewhere on the Nullarbor Plane, a huge tree-less expanse that sits at the bottom of Australia straddling the states of Western Australia and South Australia.
In 1992, as I lay in my hospital bed recuperating from major surgery, Rhys, en route for the Nullarbor Plain -- a mere 1500 km drive away -- brought me a whole bottle of Russian vodka.