A view of the lake towards the distant shore. About 17% of Australia has no drainage to the ocean. Instead, the rain that falls in these areas drains to Lake Eyre, at 15 meters below sea level. Generally water makes it to the lake only from heavy rains in southwestern Queensland; if not enough rain falls it evaporates before reaching the lake. When water reaches the lake from the rivers it is fresh water, containing just a little salt like all rivers, but since all the salt that each flood brings in is left behind when the water evaporates, the salt gradually accumulates in the lake.

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