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Picture of the Week—Lake Disappointment

The colors in this picture remind me of Vincent van Gogh, but it’s not a painting. This is a satellite photo of Lake Disappointment in Western Australia. The ephemeral lake was discovered in 1897 by a thirsty man searching for fresh water. He must have been incredibly disappointed to find that the ...

Lake Disappointment in Western Australia, Courtesy of USGS




The colors in this picture remind me of Vincent van Gogh, but it’s not a painting. This is a satellite photo of Lake Disappointment in Western Australia. The ephemeral lake was discovered in 1897 by a thirsty man searching for fresh water. He must have been incredibly disappointed to find that the creeks he was following led to a large, salty, undrinkable lake.



This photo, from the USGS Earth as Art 2 collection of satellite imagery, was taken on January 31, 2000 by the ASTER instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite.
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