Gibson Desert

a desert in W central Australia: scrub; salt marshes. ab. 85,000 sq. mi. (220,000 sq. km).

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Arid zone, Western Australia.

Located south of the Great Sandy Desert, it constitutes Gibson Desert Nature Reserve and is home to many desert animals. Measuring about 250 mi (400 km) from north to south and 520 mi (840 km) from east to west, it was named for Alfred Gibson, an explorer who was lost there in the 1870s.

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arid zone in the interior of Western Australia. The desert lies south of the Tropic of Capricorn between the Great Sandy Desert (north), the Great Victoria Desert (south), the Northern Territory border (east), and Lake Disappointment (west). The area now constitutes Gibson Desert Nature Reserve, and is a home to many desert animals. A vast, dry region of sandhills and Triodia desert grass, it was penetrated in 1874 by Ernest Giles and was first crossed by him in 1876. It was named for Alfred Gibson, a member of Giles's expedition, who was lost while searching for water.

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