2019 Advent Calendar – December 15: Simpson Desert, Australia
For December 15, the whole team takes you the hot and dry Simpson desert in the Australian Outback (no connections with the Simpsons though ;). It is a large area of dry, red sandy plain and dunes. The sand dunes are coloured in red because of iron oxyd. The desert is inhabitable due to the extreme climate. The flora is limited to drought-resistant shrubs and grasses and wildlife is adapted to this hot, dry environment and seasonal flooding.
Fun fact: The Simpson Desert contains the world’s longest parallel sand dunes. Some of the ridges continue unbroken for up to 200 km!
The satellite image shows very diverse colors, from the bright turquoise color of a lake, the red and orange colors of the sand dunes to the light grey color by the rivers.
And remember, the hottest months of the year there are not June, July and August but December, January and February. Australia is « the land Down Under » for its position in the Southern Hemisphere!