Saturday, 17 February 2007
The Wide, Brown Land. Wider and Browner.
Today, I am taking you 'Outback' again, to Broken Hill, an isolated mining city in the far west of New South Wales, 500 kilometres north east of Adelaide, and with a population of 21,000.
Adelaide is the closest major city and the 'Hill' runs on our Central Standard Time Zone rather than Eastern Time.
"The Hill' has an average rainfall of only 235 mm or nine inches, and also has summer temperatures rising well over 40°. It's orebody, formed about 1800 million years ago, has proved to be the world's largest silver, lead and zinc deposit.
This dust storm is a common problem in the Desert but the people of Broken Hill have created reserves to surround the town thus protecting the encircled town from the worst of the storms.
I received this photo the other day from Mandy who works in the assay labs there. Thanks, Mandy.
On Google Earth, it's 31 57 south 141 28 east