Lake Macleod as viewed from space (in 1989).
|Location||Gascoyne, Western Australia|
|Primary inflows||Lyndon River, Minilya River|
|Surface area||1,500 km2 (580 sq mi)|
|Average depth||1.5 m (4.9 ft)|
|Max. depth||1.5 m (4.9 ft)|
Climatically, this part of Western Australia is greatly influenced by the north-flowing Western Australian Current that brings cool water northward from Antarctica, which is not conducive to producing inland precipitation. This cool offshore current, coupled with a very flat coastal plain, contributes to the near-desert-like conditions along the coastal region as evidenced by the brown landscape around the lake and the highly reflective salt beds within the lake. The low point in the lake appears to be near the northern end where the light blues indicate some standing water. Close inspection of the image discloses very faint lines at the southernmost end of Lake Macleod where large evaporation beds are used for the production of high-quality salt and gypsum.
Some 382 square kilometres (147 sq mi) of the permanent ponds in the north-western part of the lake have been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because they support fairy terns, over 1% of the world populations of red-necked stints, curlew sandpipers, banded stilts, red-necked avocets and red-capped plovers, as well as a population of dusky gerygones. The northern ponds consist of intermittently flooded, brackish to hypersaline mudflats surrounding saline springs and permanent saline channels and lagoons. Large numbers of red knots, Australian pelicans, little black cormorants, black-tailed godwits and black-winged stilts have been recorded. A substantial population of canary white-eyes is present.
- "Lake Macleod". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
- For current operations see - http://www.dampiersalt.com.au/ENG/sales/1148_lake_macleod.asp , for historical photographs and earlier operator see http://henrietta.liswa.wa.gov.au/record=b2452404~S2 for photographs of the 1970s
- "DIWA information Sheet". 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
- "IBA: Lake MacLeod". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake MacLeod. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29 July 2011