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Jan 31st, 2012 at 8:28am

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Hi Peoples .... been away for a while. Just got back from a trip to Lake Mungo.

From the Wiki ....Lake Mungo is a dry lake in south-western New South Wales, Australia. It is located about 760 km due west of Sydney and 90 km north-east of Mildura. The lake is the central feature of Mungo National Park, and is one of seventeen lakes in the World Heritage listed Willandra Lakes Region. Many important archaeological findings have been made at the lake, most significantly the discovery of the remains of Mungo Man, the oldest human remains found in Australia, and Mungo Lady, the oldest human remains in the world to be ritually cremated.

Not from the Wiki ..... Lake Mungo cycles from dry to wet over periods of thousands of years. The last time it contained water was over 15,000 years ago. Each time it drys out the westerly winds blow the sandy lake bed up on to the eastern shoreline creating layered lunettes. The main lunette is called the 'Walls of China' and is a single dune 20klms long and 3-4klms wide.

It consists of three main layers, the Gol-Gol or bottom layer, the Mungo or middle layer, and the Zanci or top layer.

The photo below is taken from the top of the Lunette and in the receding distance is the dry lake bed with the dirt track below my right arm curving away across it

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The following photos are from the top of the lunette or 'Walls of China'. The wind sculptures mainly consist of the Zanci layer which has been severely eroded in the last 15000 years

Below .. Wind Sculpture

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Below .. The top of the lunette. My friend Roscoe is walking on the exposed Mungo layer


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Below .. Wind Sculpture


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Below .. Wind Sculpture

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Below .. Part of the exposed Gol-Gol and Mungo layers


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Below .. A small Desert Lizard at Vigers Well, on the northern end of the lunette

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Hope you enjoy .... greg
 
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Reply #1 - Jan 31st, 2012 at 8:30am

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Below .. its getting dark on the lunette, time to find somewhere to camp

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That night a series of storm cells hit the Mungo Lake region, a very rare event, and we were forced to camp in the Zanci Woolshed overnight. The next morning we were caught by the Aboriginal Ranger who gave us a stern lecture on fire in lanolin soaked woolsheds. We had to cook our breakfast outside.

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On the western side of the lake, opposite the lunette, about 6-8 kilometres across the dry bed are the abandoned sheep stations (circa 1920-1940s) of Mungo and Zanci

Below .. Mungo Woolshed

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Below .. Zanci Homestead (abandoned)

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Below .. Zanci Stables. (abandoned) Built of rot and termite resistant Cypress pine, which once forested this area. Unlike American stlye logcabin building, each log is dove-tailed into its post

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Below .. Zanci Woolshed

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Hope you enjoy... greg
 
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From Mungo we headed west towards the NSW/SA border to check out the Perry Sand Dunes. These are mobile dunes that travel around devouring whatever is in their path

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Below .. I think this was my best photo of the trip ... taken at the rear of the perry Sand Dunes

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Below .. And a sleepy lizard

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Hope you enjoy .. greg
 
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Finally we headed for home. But we stopped at the lonely Tilpa Pub about 400klm north of Lake Mungo first. We had quite a few beers before finding a dry creek bed to sleep in.

Below .. Tilpa Pub

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Below .. Tilpa Pub main bar

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Below .. Tilpa Pub Lounge

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Below .. And our last campsite before civilisation, sigh

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I call this last photo 'Prayin for Rain' .....

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Hope you enjoy ... greg
 
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Reply #4 - Jan 31st, 2012 at 8:34am

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As to the Archeological side of things ....

We found many lithics. In fact if you look in the Lake Mungo photos in the first post nearly every rock and discolouration on the ground is a stone tool.

Here is a photo of a Kangaroo print I found in the Mungo layer. They're large, slightly bigger than a mans hand, fossilised and would be around 20,000 years old. These tracks were surrounded by sea-shells and many stone implements from the same layer.

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Someone had a party here long before Egypt had its first Pharoah

Hope you enjoyed and weren't bored shitless ... greg
 
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Well done again.

What did you camp in.  Haven't seen a tent or swags in the photos.


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Reply #6 - Jan 31st, 2012 at 12:54pm

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Well    .... we just have a sleeping bag each an sleep beside the car ?

We don't carry much as the lighter the vehicle the less fuel. Weather out there is nearly always perfectly hot in the day and perfectly frozen at nite .... but almost never rain ... lol

We cook on a fire and use the gas bottle for tea only.

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