Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre
In 1840 the lake was named after Edward John Eyre , the first European to visit it. A move in 1995 to designate the lake's basin as a world heritage site pitted environmentalists and the federal government against the state government and parties concerned with pastoral and mining rights. In 2012 the Arabana aborigines' native title to Lake Eyre was recognized as part of a decision involving nearly 27,000 sq mi (70,000 sq km) of South Australia, and the name of the lake was officially changed to include the indigenous name.
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