Lake Disappointment, Australia
Surrounded by sand dunes, Lake Disappointment is an ephemeral salt lake in one of the most remote areas of Western Australia. Located just south of Rudall River National Park, Lake Disappointment is home to many water birds. According to Aboriginal people, mythological beings are said to live in a subterranean world beneath the lake, and the lake and its surroundings are still considered
taboo. In this 2000 Terra image, the gold and orange-brown areas are sand and outcrops of sedimentary rock. The dunes appear as long, linear streaks. The different colors with sharp boundaries may be traces of brush fires, with yellow being the most recent. The lake is white where bright salty deposits are visible, and blue areas are shallow water in the western part and the margins.