Mounds Springs

outback1

Joined March 2008

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Natural “mound” springs occur along the famous Oodnadatta Track in outback South Australia.
Rising up from the sub-terranianan great artesian basin, the water breaks through the surface of large hills that have formed above the plains.

When the explorer John MacDougal Stuart sought a passage through Australia from south to north (in a race against the Burke and Wills Expedition), he travelled along routes used by various Aboriginal tribes, which effectively traversed the harsh landscape by moving from one spring to another, with great distances in between.
The Oodnadatta track was then formed along this route.

Note: Known as “songlines”, many aboriginal tribes used repetitive chants relating to their land, that also mapped routes (like an early GPS) through these areas to assist travel and survival.
Interestingly this route later hosted two very important other “lines”, namely the overland telegraph line (linking Australia to the world), and the original Ghan Railway line.

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