What’s in a name?

Waterholes, boinkas, mallines …. WiDs have highly diverse characteristics and an equally diverse set of local and regional names.  This page will highlight some of the more unusually-named WiDs.


The Australian ‘billabong’

A billabong is a seasonal or intermittent wetland formed within an abandoned meander loop (or, oxbow lake) adjacent to the main channel of a river. Some billabongs in arid regions take the form of waterholes which occur at the confluence of two smaller channels and terminate shortly thereafter. The term billabong loosely translates to “dead rivers”, reflecting the boom and bust cycles of wetting and drying in the arid interior of Australia.

View over King's Billabong on the Murray River, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Tim Ralph.
View over King’s Billabong on the Murray River, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Tim Ralph.
King's Billabong on the Murray River, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Tim Ralph.
King’s Billabong on the Murray River, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Tim Ralph.
Google Earth image (2013) of King's Billabong, Victoria, Australia.
Google Earth image (2013) of King’s Billabong, Victoria, Australia.

 

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