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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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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
We needed it, for the last leg was the toughest of all the Nullarbor Plain which stretches across the south of the country.
The completed link will be an arc of bushland stretching for 1000 km from the wet forests in the state's far south-west to the edge of the Nullarbor Plain.
Pic centers on a group of people trapped in a cave system beneath Oz's remote Nullarbor Plain, and is based on the real-life experiences of "Sanctum" producer Andrew Wight, who was trapped when a cave he was exploring collapsed.
When they complete the journey four weeks later, in April 2010, they will be the first men with visual impairments to have ridden tandem bicycles across the Nullarbor Plain (a flat, almost treeless, arid part of the country's outback), from the west coast of Australia to the east.
The huge deserts and drylands of the Nullarbor Plain and Northern Territory may now act as effective barriers that prevent this species from a westward range extension.
Most of the untouched areas were in the country's vast interior and northern savanna, including largely Aboriginal Arnhem Land, northern Cape York Peninsula, the vast southwest Nullarbor plain and the central Gibson desert.
Despite covering 100,000 square miles, the Nullarbor Plain is completely treeless.
Similar underprinting could account for the small meridional fault scarps noted by JENNINGS (1963) that interrupt the regularity of the eastern Nullarbor Plain.