Lake Buchanan (Queensland)
Lake Buchanan is a flat salt lake at Pentland in North Queensland, Australia. It is approximately 28 km long and 8 km wide at its widest point, with a surface area of about 117 km². It is part of the Thomson River catchment and part of the Desert Uplands bioregion.
World Wind image of Lake Buchanan, 2010.
|Location||163 km South West of Charters Towers, Queensland|
|Surface area||40 km2 (15 sq mi)|
Lake Buchanan is different from all other salt lakes in Australia because it occurs at a high elevation - on the Great Dividing Range. The lake is shallow and the water tends to be brackish. Land around the lake is used for grazing.
Lake Buchanan contains a number of significant species which are newly discovered and most probably endemic. These include the Lake Buchanan button grass, fringing rush, Lake Buchanan fringe rush, Lawrenica buchananensis (Malvaceae), and Buchanan’s fairy shrimp. The Lake Buchanan blue bush is a threatened species belonging to the Chenopodium genus.
- (5 April 2011). Site Investment Guide: Lake Buchanan Archived 2011-06-01 at the Wayback Machine. Australian Government Land and Coasts. Retrieved on 12 July 2011.
- Sue Gardner (April 2010). "Arid and Semi-arid Lakes" (PDF). Queensland Wetlands Program. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
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