is a large endorheic lake
in South Australia
, east of the Northern Flinders Ranges
. It is a large, shallow, unvegetated salt pan
, 100 km long and 40 km wide, lying mostly below sea level
and having a total surface area of 259,615 hectares. It only rarely fills with brackish water flowing down usually dry creeks in the Northern Flinders Ranges from the west, or exceptional flows down the Strzelecki Creek from the north.
It was named after Edward Charles Frome
after his mapping of the area in 1843.
The lake adjoins Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park
to its west and lies adjacent to Lake Callabonna
linked by Salt Creek to its north, the southern Strzelecki Desert
to its east, and the Frome Downs pastoral lease
to its south. The region in which it is situated has little rainfall and is very sparsely settled, with the closest settlement to it being Arkaroola Village
some 40 kilometres north-west of its closest shore. Two significant uranium
desposits near Lake Frome are being exploited by the hydrometallurgical
process of in-situ leaching: Beverley to its north-west and Honeymoon to its south-east.
Due to its "regional geological significance" the lake was proclaimed as the Lake Frome Regional Reserve (IUCN
Category VI) in 1991.
Public road access to Lake Frome is limited to a single, rough four-wheel drive
track which commences from the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park
headquarters at Balcanoona... Read More