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Simpson Desert

Listed under Deserts in Northern Territory, Australia.

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This 170,000 square km desert lies in the centre of Australia and is a sand sea, having the longest parallel sand dunes recorded anywhere in the world. It has almost no infrastructure and is extremely hot, but there are Acacia woodlands and grasslands to be found here and the faunal biodiversity exceeds that of all the other Australian deserts. The presence of bats, rodents, frogs, hundreds of bird species and even fish is all down to the Great Artesian Basin, which is situated directly under the Simpson Desert and forces water up through the ground in the form of wells, springs and seasonal wetlands which reflect the colourful rock formations like mirrors under the clear skies, and bring the land to life.

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