The image above depicts the Great Sandy Desert just south of Halls Creek after a wet season thunderstorm. What was once a small salt water lake, is now a massive blend of salt and rain water. This is the perfect image that captures the amount of water that the desert can get but not long after this picture was taken, the water will evaporate and eventually it will all evaporate.
In Anna Shepherd's book called "Desert Environments" she discusses the issues the climate change is bringing to deserts and especially Australian deserts. The information she provides is valuable because she has actually been to the Australian deserts. I also think that her information is reliable because she has 3 other books in her environments series about other biomes which suggests to me that she knows what she is talking about. She also discusses challenges that you would face if you lived there which ties into our unit well. She also talks about how aborigines survived in the deserts and challenges they faced after European settlement.
Climate change could actually increase rainfall in Australia's desert regions, according to a new study. This article by an extremely credible source in ABC states that the world's climate change could actually bring about more evaporation which would result in even drier deserts. Central Australia is stated to be the area that will most likely be affected by the pollution caused climate change. This pollution which is causing the climate change is only getting worse and deserts all around the world. With these hotter temperatures and increased evaporation any and all extra water stores in the Great Sandy Desert would be extinct. This is a very reliable article and also a valuable one because of the information it provides.
This website discusses the deserts in Australia and there size and temperatures. It has one major fact about the Great Sandy Desert about its rainfall and how dry it is. For a desert 300mm of rain per year is actually quite a lot it's just the evaporation rate is high which is why it is still a desert. The website doesn't have much information all up though and is a very basic tourism site with no reliable sources. We can gather that because of the information about farming and the dry terrain that no body lives in the desert and there is no farming. However truckers probably pass through here as well as tourists often visiting. There is very little water consumed in the desert, with the water being brought into the deserts with the tourists and truckers.
According to author, Madeline Masters, The Great Sandy desert is the second largest desert in Australia. It covers more than 250,000 square feet of land in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Due to the large size of the desert, there is naturally many animals that call it home. Throughout Madeline's article she discusses the animals that live in the desert including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. This website is reliable because Madeline is a professional writer and the article used 7 references and 3 resources. I would say that given that there is information about the specific species and has a lot of information from multiple credible sources that this is a reliable source.