This survey will be a follow up to a 2014 survey that explored the extensive salt lake system that straddles the centre of the Project 138 survey corridor. Combined with the following Eastern White Dunes Expedition, the expedition will document this important land system of the world's largest sand-ridge desert.
With the longest lake stretching nearly 80 kilometres, and many dozens more over 40 kilometres long, our survey traverse will be alongside or near to these shimmering dry expanses for each of the 12 days of trekking. The lakes seldom fill with water (from local heavy rain) but the surface is usually soft and so we won't be taking our camels across the lakes, unless they are firm underfoot as a fully loaded packcamel can weigh nearly 1 tonne, and can easily become bogged. We only ever walk across lakes if there is a pad to follow and these 'salt highways' are made by feral camels.
Our ecology team will be setting pitfall traps every night as well as recording all bird sightings.