Talk:Simpson Desert

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earlier unsigned comments[edit]

  • Date of naming seems wrong. Was it really crossed by colson before it was named? perhaps 1839?

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  • Please explain? I added info to it, that i was tought in school over 13 years ago. I also added some places that people may find interesting if useing wikipedia for holiday info. --Amckern 11:25, 6 January 2006 (UTC)


Is the figure of 600,000 square kilometres right? Encarta lists it as being only 100,000 [1] and here its listed as 56,000 square miles -- Astrokey44|talk 04:56, 23 March 2006 (UTC)


Could use this one, nice historical one: Colson's expedition. The copyrightcruft at the bottom should be cropped, though (since it's not true). pfctdayelise (translate?) 14:45, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

nice! ive added it to commons and put it here -- Astrokey44|talk 15:00, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

Red sand[edit]

I saw a photo of the Simpson Desert with vivid red sand; it was striking. It would be great to find a free image showing this red sand. —Keenan Pepper 04:23, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

There's plenty I could edit on this page about the Simpson Desert with particular emphasis on how it was opened up to modern day travellers via the French Line in 1963. It is not so much what is wrong but what is inadequately described. Keenan Pepper will find much deep red sand on photos to be found on [1] or the parallel site [2] which I have been writing since 1996. It is an historical, non-profit, self-coded 56pps of factual experiences of the 45 men from CGG who carved the French Line from Dalhousie to Poeppels Corner in 3mths in 1963. Read it and enjoy. Kjrmur (talk) 07:04, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

Trans-Australian Line[edit]

I think the statement that the trans-australian line crosses the simpsons desert is wrong. The trans-australian line runs from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie and is not near the Simpson. The line from Port Augusta to Alice Spring does run past the western edge of the Simpson Desert but it is not the trans-australia line. 12:20, 9 February 2007 (UTC)

Just corrected this. I don't think the current Adelaide-Darwin line runs along its edge either, but the earlier line certainly did. ☸ Moilleadóir 04:37, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

(reverted self - apologies - incorrect assumption from maps available - better effort this time -)

Ok apologies having double checked Hema map 'Simpson Desert' (3rd edition - 1:1,250,000 - ISBN 978-1-86500-244-6 ) or if you are google earthing - the dunes of the western edges of the simpson desert might appear to travel as far as Lamberts Centre (geographical centre of australia) 50 km east of stuart highway just north of Kulgera. On that basis the Old Ghan route locations of Finke, Musgrave, Rumbalara, Mount Squire, Engoordina, Bundooma, and Rodinga might be considered to have occured within the bounds of the western edge of the desert. SatuSuro 05:47, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Date of Naming[edit]

I've seen 1932 (Blainey, who was an Australian historian) and 1929 (National Geographic), and now 1939. Can we get some kind of source for this? Phoenix Song (talk) 13:31, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Hmm blainey is still alive was? - in the last section on that page about madigan - who named it - claims it was 1929 SatuSuro 05:11, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

However there are other articles that are stating 1939 - must go find my copy of madigans book - odd the diff SatuSuro 05:16, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

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