The quality of mercy is not strain'd;
It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless'd;
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes:
'T is mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown.
SHAKS.: _M. of Venice,_ Act iv., Sc. 1.

Images from Mungo

These images are from Mungo, far west New South Wales, Australia. From 25 000 to 45 000 years ago Lake Mungo covered 135 square kilometres and was about 10 m deep. It was one of a series of freshwater lakes along Willandra Creek, which was then a major branch of the Lachlan River. The lakes dried up about 14 000 years ago. They are, however, an extraordinarily rich source of fossils. Walk along the ancient shoreline and you'll see charred bones, shells, charcoal from ancient files, all showing through the eroding dunes. .

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