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Where rivers flow upstream

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Old March 15th, 2009, 01:23 AM posted to rec.travel.australia+nz
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Default Where rivers flow upstream

Greetings -
it was in the Great Artesian Basin, Australia’s driest and hottest and
strangest spot. I camped at Eyre Creek. A tiny sprig floated very,
very slowly from right to left. I put up tent, played with dog Rusty,
cooked a meal. Then a gentle breeze came up, and that sprig, like an
old friend, came back again - floating very, very slowly from left to
With an average gradient of 17cm/km (6.7in) that land is so flat a
breeze can change the flow of water. Much of the land is covered by
stony deserts. Explorer Sturt in 1845 ‘..the most cheerless and the
most forbidding of any landscapes our eyes had wandered over..’
No Kentucky Fried, no McDonalds - and no tourists. I love that piece
of land.
Klaus and Rusty
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