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Great Victoria Desert

Listed under Deserts in Western Australia, Australia.

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Partly within the states of South Australia and Western Australia, the Great Victoria Desert (named for the British queen) is far too dry to support many permanent human settlements, although tourism is a huge industry in parts of the Yellabinna section.

The Great Victoria Desert is a near immaculate protected wilderness in some parts, populated only by various indigenous Australian groups and specifically adapted wildlife found only on this continent, such as tiny marsupials, skinks and frogs which live underground for years and venture out to breed only when it rains.

Fallout from repeated British nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s rendered huge areas out-of-bounds for many years and summer wildfires and searing heat make it a challenging environment, but the sheer wonder of places such as the legendary Lasseters Cave prove that nature still holds sway in this beautiful, scarred land.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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where exactly is the great victoria desert located?

I want to know which state/province it is located in.

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Funnily enough not Victoria - South Australia and Western Australia.

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