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Oodnadatta Track ~ Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park ~ Images of Australia
As you travel the Oodnadatta Track, you pass through Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park. Visitors to the park will experience the mound springs with each one of these mound spring an island, sustained by the water that bubbles up from the Great Artesian Basin and each mound spring sustaining its own eco system.

Each spring has aquatic life, isolated from those in other springs, with some of the aquatic life having evolved differently to each other. These endemic life are found only in the waters of the Lake Eyre Basin, some only to be found in the fragile environment of the mound springs.

There are the desert goby, a fish smaller than your finger, which hides from predators in the sedge and mud. There can be found species of pinhead size aquatic snails living here in the artesian water. Each live in specific parts of the spring. There are also many shrimp-like isopods, although most of the population are buried in the silt at the bottom of the springs.

More information about the Oodnadatta Track, Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park and the many locations along the route.

Oodnadatta Track - Wabma Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park - Snapshots from South Australia

Desert fish in the mound springs - in Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park.
Desert fish in the mound springs - in Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park.
`Slater-like isopod and numerous dark coloured pinhead size aquatic snails in the Wabma Kadarbu mound springs
Slater-like isopod and numerous dark coloured pinhead size aquatic snails in the Wabma Kadarbu mound springs.
Shell remains at the Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park
Shell remains at the Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park.
 
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Source:
1 Government of South Australia - SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management: Publications & Resources - Tourism brochures: The Oodnadatta Track - String of Springs (PDF)
 
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