Playa Lake Chains: The Example of the Yenyening Lakes of the Upper Avon River Catchment of Western Australia

Jenny DAVIS, Paul A. Carling

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Abstract

The term “playa” or “pan” applies to individual arid zone basins of varying size and origin that are subject to ephemeral surface water flows (Shaw and Thomas, 1989) such that lakes may occur within playas as permanent or ephemeral features. Playas in Australia are often geologically young (Quaternary) features developed in arid environments and are often dry due to evaporation (Boggs et al., 2006). Although playas are a response to tectonics, climate change, and eolian and fluvial processes, the majority of the scientific literature considers either their origin within a regional context, or the development dynamics of individual playas (e.g., Bettenay, 1962). However, where playas are developed within paleodrainage channels, they may exist as isolated features, but more often they exhibit a degree of hydrological interconnectivity with other playas to form “playa chains” such that the development history of an individual playa cannot be addressed without consideration...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Lakes and Reservoirs
EditorsL Bengtsson, R.W Herschy, R.W Fairbridge
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherSpringer
Pages608-615
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781402044106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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    DAVIS, J., & Carling, P. A. (2012). Playa Lake Chains: The Example of the Yenyening Lakes of the Upper Avon River Catchment of Western Australia. In L. Bengtsson, R. W. Herschy, & R. W. Fairbridge (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Lakes and Reservoirs (pp. 608-615). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4410-6_136