As you travel the Oodnadatta Track, you pass through
Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park. Visitors to the park will experience the
mound springs with each one of these mound spring an island, sustained by the
water that bubbles up from the Great Artesian Basin and each mound spring
sustaining its own eco system.
Each spring has aquatic life, isolated from those in other springs, with some of
the aquatic life having evolved differently to each other. These
endemic life are found only in the waters of the Lake Eyre Basin, some only to
be found in
the fragile environment of the mound springs.
There are the desert goby, a fish smaller than your finger, which hides from
predators in the sedge and mud. There can be found species of pinhead size aquatic
snails living here in the artesian water. Each live in specific parts of the spring.
There are also
many shrimp-like isopods, although most of the population are buried in the silt
at the bottom of the springs.
More information about
the Oodnadatta Track,
Kadarbu Mound Spring Conservation Park
and the many locations along the route.