Lake Thetis, Cervantes

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Lake Thetis is a saline coastal lake in the mid-western region of Western Australia. The lake is situated east of the small town Cervantes, inland from the Indian Ocean, on a Quaternary limestone pavement.Stromatolites, algal mats and faunaThe lake is one of only a few places in the world with living marine stromatolites. The Lake Thetis stromatolites exhibit unusual columnar branching. These narrow, closely spaced and almost parallel columns are extremely rare in modern stromatolites.Alongside the stromatolites, a diverse array of benthic microbial communities, such as algal mats, inhabit various layers of the lake. Some of these algal mats are associated with the stromatolites while most confine themselves to a particular area such as the high foreshore areas, splash zone or the central basin of the lake.The lake water is alkaline and nutrient poor but provides an ideal environment for bottom dwelling microbial communities. The lake contains some small fish, amphiods and a few crustacean species adapted to living in highly saline environments.The stromatolite community is threatened by nutrient enrichment and physical crushing. An interim recovery plan is currently being written which will provide direction to further protect this extremely valuable community for future generations.Recent developmentIn March 2008, a new entry road and car park, as well as walkways on the shore of the lake were constructed. Additionally, a disused rubbish pit on the northern side of the lake is being rehabilitated and this has eliminated threats associated with rubbish disposal.
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  • We walked around the lake on the boardwalk then over to the look out point. There are lovely views of the beach from here. From there you can descend to the beach and into Cervantes, almost completing...  more »
  • The entrance to the lake is at the end of the road into the Cervantes town. In the lake is looking for the world's oldest bio-laminated stone, online data is not much, we can find this lake is also old, is a small wetland park, not to the time, winter where the migratory birds, is Chongming Island well ... Silently watching this ghost weather, small disappointment, no cloud words must be beautiful 100 times times! Laminated stone is a lot of algae and bacteria gathered together into a petrochemical, a stone is a tribe, do not underestimate these a lump of things, they are alive. Is it remarkable that the oldest blue-green laminated stone in Western Australia has survived for 3.5 billion years? So please do not step on them when you visit, do not hurt these ancient creatures Oh!
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  • A peaceful way to spend 30-45 minutes. Walk around Lake Thetis, and view the stromatolites from the safety (their safety) from the boardwalk.  more »
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  • Great place to visit. It's a nice walk around the lake. It's a shame the so many stromatolites have been damaged by people. Good for checking out the wild life too
  • Very unique place to visit. It is quite amusing to see the stromatolites.
  • Stromatolites and their close cousins, thrombolites are living fossils that have been producing oxygen for about 3.5 billion years. This means that when you’re looking at these rock-like structures you’re essentially stepping back in time and seeing at how life was billions of years ago. The is what you came here to look for
  • Unique but lots of flies :)
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