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The Shimmering Flats was at the southeastern end of Thousand Needles, on the border with Tanaris. The area was an open expanse devoid of any vegetation and home to various varieties of, among other things, basilisks, scorpids, tortoises and vultures. The area was a dried lakebed, as evidenced by the wrecked sailing vessel in the northern part. It was a stretch of salt flats.
The flatness of the area made it especially desirable for goblins and gnomes, who had set up the Mirage Raceway and constantly competed against each other to see who could build the fastest racing machine. Their inventions were frequently unstable, and the area was littered with the wreckage and parts of countless failed gizmos, as well as numerous craters.
The Cataclysm flooded the Shimmering Flats, along with all of Thousand Needles, turning it into a lake called the Shimmering Deep. With the submerging of the Raceway, Fizzle and Pozzik built Fizzle and Pozzik's Speedbarge.
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Thanks to goblin prospecting, the large salt flat known as The Scorched Basin was actually a rich source of oil. The goblins had ventured to the basin in great numbers to collect and refine the 'black gold'. The otherwise amiable goblins were not very hospitable in this region and maintained guards to ensure no one stole their claim.
- The Shimmering Flats appeared to be based on the Bonneville Flats in Utah, or Arizona's flats, many of which are test sites for rocket cars and airplanes.
- The area must have already been a lake before it flooded (due to the fact of the boat) and seems to have a long river through Thousand Needles and Feralas and emptied into the Veiled Sea.
The remains of a giant turtle near the raceway
Close up on the gnome racer
Close up on the goblin racer