What lies in front of you is a sandy, desert-like wasteland. But how in the world would you react if I told you a whole lot of animals depend on it? And thus begins the salt pan cycle…
Salt Pan Cycle Part One: Here Comes The Water
Sand blows around here almost all day. It’s hard to believe that this is the remains of a once great lake, which gave to it’s inhabitants. And you wouldn’t be able to tell either. There are tracks of animals who came here to find food ( but never succeeded). Water and coolness are strangers to this place. But occasionally, in great circumstances… it flourishes.
As rainclouds hover over the horizon, it rains, suddenly turning the sandy wasteland into it’s younger times, perfect river. It pours down on sand at first turning it muddy, then into a watery place, then finally after a few days, it’s a river. Voila! The clouds smile to their work, before going.
Salt Pan Cycle Part Two: The Flamingos Arrival
Flamingos, maybe even a hundred kilometres away from it suddenly, race towards the rain filled wonderland. This condition at this type of place happen only once a decade, so the flamingoes race towards the salt pan.
When the flamingos reach the newly formed lake, they begin to breed. When the eggs come out they place the eggs on mounds of mud. The predators don’t approach this because of the salt water.
After, 30 days the eggs hatch. But the scorching sun spares no mercy, so after few more days the water dries out completely.
Salt Pan : Bittersweet Epilogue
Sand blows around here almost all day, again. It’s hard to believe that this is the remains of a once great lake, which gave to it’s inhabitants. And you wouldn’t be able to tell either.
The End ( Until another decade.)