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Mr. Eyre describes the extent of the salt lake
Title : Mr. Eyre describes the extent of the salt lake Mr. Eyre describes the extent of the salt lake
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Creator : Eyre, Edward John, 1815-1901
Source : Journals of expeditions of discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King Georges Sound, in the years 1840-1... p. 128
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : T. and W. Boone
Date of creation : 1845
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Eyre describes the extent of Lake Torrens as he sees it, stretching in an arc from west around to the east and with the surface too soft and yielding for any attempt to cross. His expectations of a route to the north and the possible discoveries of pastoral land, flowing rivers and lakes of fresh water, were barred by the appearance of an enormous horseshoe shaped salt lake.

Eyre's 'horseshoe lake' would bar northern progress for another 17 years, frustrating the attempts of the young colony to expand its horizons much beyond the head of Spencer Gulf. The efforts of Babbage, Warburton, Stuart and Gregory in 1857-8 would show there were gaps between the salt lakes, that it was not one continuous salt barrier. The horseshoe-shaped lake Eyre had seen became Lakes Gairdner, Torrens, Eyre, Gregory, Blanche, Callabonna and Frome as well as a number of smaller ones in the east. The hope of an inland sea would not finally be dispelled until John McDouall Stuart made his crossing to the north coast of Australia in 1862.
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Eyre, Edward John, 1815-1901

Coverage year : 1840
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Lake Torrens, South Australia
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
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