Fieldwork at Onslow salt mine and Mundabullangana Station

From Rachel Binks, PhD candidate in Marine Biology and Zoology (UWA)

Here’s some photos from some of the fieldwork I’ve done in the Pilbara. The first three photos were taken in the Onlsow salt mine during my Honours fieldwork – we were investigating the invasion of buffel grass from farmland into the natural spinifex grasslands of the Pilbara and how it affects the invertebrate community structure.

Huge termite mounds - Onslow salt mine

The ground at midday. 54 degrees = dry, hot and crispy!

Sunset over one of the huge salt lakes.

The rest of the photos are from a flatback turtle tagging trip I volunteered on. We stayed at Mundabullangana Station which is maybe 50ish km south of Port Hedland. Most people think of the Pilbara and think desert, but there’s an amazing coastline up there!

Coastline at Mundabullangana

Female flatback turtles returning to the water after laying their eggs and being tagged

Female flatback turtles returning to the water after laying their eggs and being tagged

These sanddunes are like mountains and relatively untouched! The wind forms these amazing patterns in the sand.

Mangroves, ie. trees that grow in the ocean = pretty much the coolest form of plantlife ever.

Hatchling turtles!

Mundabullangana Station

Mundabullangana Station

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