Talk of the Australian Outback or the Central Australian Desert, the first thing that comes to mind is just how dry and dusty the place can be. Whilst this is true to an extent it is also important to know that lying underneath is the Great Artesian Basin which spans over 1.7 million square kilometres. This basin is said to underline 22% of Australia.
The basin is said to be around 3,000 metres deep in some places and estimated to contain 64,900 cubic kilometres of ground water.
In some places naturally this water works it self up to the ground level and in other places from wells created by humans. In each place the surrounding area turns into an oasis teaming with vegetation and life in the middle of the outback.
This picture was taken along the Oodnadatta Track at Coward Springs camp ground which once was a railway siding. This track runs along side the old Ghan railway line. Quite a popular historic driving track for overlanders. During the days of steam engines, bores were drilled to gain access to water which was then desalinated and used for the steam engines. Today many of these bores have been plugged to stop the flow of water from the basin. However, at Coward Springs, there is a controlled flow which allows for the ecosystem that had developed over the years to continue.
Photographic print signed by Duncan Udawatta, printed on fine art fibre pearl paper.
Print will be supplied with an extra 5mm white margin for handling and framing purposes.