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Mound Spring

Geological Age - uncertain (~10,000yrs)

Mound Springs are a key feature of the Oodnadatta Track region and there are literally hundreds of them scattered between Marree and Oodnadatta.

This photo shows the classic shape of a mound spring. It is formed when artesian water leaks to the surface and evaporates away leaving dissolved salts behind. These salts accumulate rapidly and form a hard limestone "mound" that is often topped with moist soil, vegetation and perhaps a pool of permanent water.

Some mound springs such as the "Bubbler" in the Wabma Kadarbu Reserve have a very strong flow.

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Mound spring
Classic mound spring shape (near William Creek)
Photo - Philip Gee

 

 

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