Lake Neale, Australia
In the land of the aboriginals, down under, a 500 km long chain of salt lakes stretches from Lake Hopkins to the Finke River amidst the central Australian desert. Two of those lakes, Lake Amadeus (east) and Lake Neale, shown in this image, are dry salt pans for most of the year. With over 1,000 square kilometres of surface area, Lake Amadeus is the largest salt lake in the Northern Territories. Following the storms and heavy rains in December and January, that shattered for instance the 27-year old monthly rainfall record for nearby Watarrka (further to the northeast), PROBA-V caught its eye on the well-filled lakes in this false-coloured image of February 9th. The lakes clearly stand out against the vast desert surrounding (yellowish) and Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park (dark green, southwest). Uluru is more commonly known as Ayers Rock.