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This is the the mighty Todd River, that flows through Alice Springs, in the red heart of Australia. Well! It would flow through Alice, except for one thing. The famous thing about this river is that it has no water. In fact it only flows about every ten years, after exceptional rains out in the desert. Every year, they hold the Todd River boat races, but, because there is no water, they have to carry the boats and run. I was told that only once was the boat race cancelled and that was because there was water in the river.The basin of the river is marked by the river gum trees (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). These tees can grow, because, even though these rivers are dry, there is always water under the ground and the root of the river gum can find it.The aboriginal people, who know the land well, can always find water underground, wherever they find river gums growing. This is my last post for a while because I am off to Sri lanka and India today. I will be back in about a month. Lucky me!

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