Nullarbor Plain


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Nullarbor Plain

[Lat.,=no trees], vast, barren limestone plateau, c.100,000 sq mi (260,000 sq km), S Australia, extending from the Great Victoria DesertGreat Victoria Desert,
Australia's largest desert, c. 163,900 sq mi (424,400 sq km), South Australia and Western Australia states. Forming the southern belt of the Western Australia desert, it lies S of the Gibson Desert, W of the Tirary and the Sturt Stony deserts, E of East
..... Click the link for more information.
 (N) to the Great Australian BightGreat Australian Bight,
wide bay of the Indian Ocean, indenting the southern coast of Australia in Western Australia and South Australia. An unbroken line of cliffs c.200 ft (60 m) high runs along much of the coast and extends inland in E Western Australia and W South Australia
..... Click the link for more information.
 (S) in Western Australia and South Australia states. One of the largest karst areas in the world, the region has a semiarid to arid climate, includes sand dunes and cavern systems and caves, and rises to 1,000 ft (305 m). The minimal vegetation consists mainly of saltbush and bluebush; there are kangaroos, wombats, dingoes, and emus. A few sheep stations dot the plain, which is traversed by the Trans-Australian Railway and Eyre Highway, and there is a tourism industry. Nullarbor National Park, 2,290 sq mi (5,931 sq km), lies along the southern coastal cliffs within the region.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/

Nullarbor Plain

a vast low plateau of S Australia: extends north from the Great Australian Bight to the Great Victoria Desert; has no surface water or trees. Area: 260 000 sq. km (100 000 sq. miles)
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
Type material examined.--AUSTRALIA: Western Australia: Holotype male, Dingo Cave [6N-160], Nullarbor Plain, Western Australia, Australia [31[degrees]51'S, 126[degrees]44'E], near entrance, 28 October 1968, J.
In 1919, after a long association with Aborigines in Western Australia, she set up a camp at a siding called Ooldea on the South Australian side of the Nullarbor Plain and stayed there for the next 16 years.
October - December 2004: Drive up to North Western Australia, around the west and south-west coasts, across the Nullarbor Plain, over snowy mountains and up the south-east coast of New South Wales to Sydney;
The Nullarbor Plain is conspicuous by its absence, as are Ayers Rock/Uluru and Lake Eyre.
The most remote wine region in the world, southwest Western Australia is cooled by prevailing winds from both the Indian and Southern oceans and separated from the eastern coast of the continent by the Nullarbor Plain and the Great Victoria Desert.
The Great Victoria Desert looms in from the northeast, the Simpson Desert from the northwest, and the bleak and treeless Nullarbor plain crowds in from the west.
Haag's reputation is particularly bad in Western Australia, where untold thousands of meteorites pepper the vast tract of desolation called the Nullarbor Plain. Australia's state and federal laws make it illegal to export meteorites without a permit.
However, in early November he suffered severe pain in his feet as he crossed the Nullarbor Plain, almost calling his journey off and only continuing with the help of strong painkillers, and was slowed down by the injury.
The 42-year-old will aim to complete 41 miles each day, tackling some of the country's hardest terrain including the desert area, the Nullarbor Plain, and part of the Australian Outback, and hopes to finish the run on Christmas Eve at Bondi Beach in Sydney.
Along the way, it journeys the longest stretch of straight track in the world -- 297 miles through the Nullarbor Plain. No other train journey in the world passes through so many different types of terrain in a single country.