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A Beautiful Spot in the Endless Desert

Uluru (or Ayers) Rock is located in the central part of Australia. Its height is 348 m, width - 3 km, length - 3.6 km. Depending on the position of the sun, this red sandstone formation changes its coloring from dark purple to gold. 

Amazing views of Uluru Rock no doubt will impress you.  
The desert that was once the bottom of an ancient sea stretches from horizon to horizon in the very heart of Australia. And in the middle of that desert there suddenly appears a rock. Out of nowhere, like an island.

This lump of sandstone of more than 300 m tall with an area of 2 square kilometers is the peak of the mountain destroyed by erosion. It probably stretches underground for more than 6 km.

Debris washed from the rock are accumulated at its foot, and the rock turns out to be deeper and deeper under the ground. You may notice that the layers of sandstone lie vertically when in fact they are supposed to lie horizontally. The point is that 300 million years ago there was a powerful earthquake that lifted up the bottom of the ocean and resulted in formation of vertical layers.

At first glance it seems that the rock is lifeless, but later you understand that it's kind of an oasis in the desert. Many plants around it are fed by water flowing from the rock during desert storms.

At the foot of the rock there is a source where the native people have always been hunting. Kangaroos and other animals come to the source to drink and enjoy the fruits and seeds of plants.

As you already know, the rock has two names: Uluru and Evers. These two names represent two very different world views. Researchers have found this rock and called it in honor of then Governor of South Australia, Henry Eevers. And though the rock has never belonged to this man, the name remained.

Aborigines called this rock Uluru. They are tightly linked with their land. 

Australians call this dry region the dead heart of Australia. But for the Aborigins both Uluru and everything that surrounds it are alive. 

The desert can boast of its various flora and fauna: shrubs, kangaroos, prickly lizards, and many other interesting species of wildlife. 

To see Uluru at different times of a day means to enjoy the fine play of light and shadow.

Uluru reminds the native people and all people around of the time of dreams and oral traditions - the foundation of cultural heritage.

Over the 10.000 years the native people come to Uluru to perform their rites and tell their legends about the birth of the world.

The entry to the place where rites are performed is strictly closed.

And the place is under UNESCO protection.

via affinity4you and


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