Uluru - Ayers Rock

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Uluru - Ayers Rock

 

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a World Heritage Site. It is a large sandstone formation in the southern region

of central Australia’s Northern Territory. It is over three hundred kilometers to the south west of the nearest town, Alice Springs. Uluru is mostly made up of a type of coarse-grained sandstone called arkose. This type of sandstone has a lot of feldspar and some conglomerate

The major features of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are the Kata Tjuta and Uluru.

The aboriginal people, the Yankunytjatjara and the Pitjantjatjara, consider the Uluru and the Kata

Tjuta as sacred. Both have a significant influence of the culture of the natives.

Uluru has several springs, rock caves, waterholes and ancient paintings. It is one of the most recognizable natural formations in Australia. It soars 348m above sea level, but most of the rock is underground. In circumference, Uluru measures 9.4km.

Perhaps the most distinct feature of Uluru is that it appears to change color throughout the day as light strikes it from varying angles. The most remarkable is when the rock formation glows red at sunset. During the occasional rains, Uluru becomes silver-gray with streaks of black, which are actually algae that form in the channels where water flows.

 
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