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outback vegetation

vegetation and red soil of outback central australia

Outback landscape IMG 4473 - Life is tough in the Australian outback, and in this arid landscape  temperatures can fall below zero on a winter's night, yet reach 50 degrees Celsius in mid-summer. The plants that survive these harsh climatic conditions are tough characters, like the people who call this remote region home, but some eventually wither and die. This image shows the vegetation near the Sandover Highway, which is a major route linking the Queensland mining town of Mount Isa to the central Australian town of Alice Springs. It's an unsealed road that stretches across the outback plains for more than 500kms, and where the only human inhabitants are aboriginal people who live in scattered and isolated settlements.

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