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February 8th, 2013
Middlemarch Mates – The Sutton Salt Lake

Middlemarch Salt Lake

Middlemarch_Salt Lake

Salt Lake

The Sutton Salt Lake, not far from Middlemarch, is New Zealand’s only saline lake. During the heat of the summer, the water evaporates. There was no water when we visited and the partially dried lake bed smelled in the summer heat. It smelled pretty bad! I’ve mentioned the salt lake in several of the Middlemarch Mates books, but just in passing. It’s certainly an interesting place and according to the Department of Geology, it’s not as salty as the sea.

I’m visiting Sarah Ballance today and taking Emily Mitchell nee Scarlet with me. She’s telling us about all the reasons we should move to Middlemarch. Come on over and say hello.

4 comments to “Middlemarch Mates – The Sutton Salt Lake”

  1. Ciara Knight
      · February 8th, 2013 at 4:21 am · Link

    That is amazing. Too bad it smells during the summer. I’m trying to imagine what it would smell like. Dead fish, salt, brackish? Hmm….

    • Shelley Munro
        · February 8th, 2013 at 11:23 am · Link

      It did smell a bit fishy but there were other smells in there too that I couldn’t describe. All I know is that my nose wrinkled and I tried to breathe through my mouth!

  2. Mary Kirkland
      · February 8th, 2013 at 1:31 pm · Link

    That’s pretty interesting.

  3. Heather
      · February 9th, 2013 at 3:18 pm · Link

    What an unusual lake — I’ve heard of creeks and maybe even small ponds completely drying up in hot weather, but entire lakes on a regular basis? How bizarre.