I apologise in advance as I am not sharing any cards with you today. As you may have read earlier our family took a quick holiday last week to Central Australia. I thought (if you don’t mind) that I would share some photos with you of our trip. I thought my overseas readers might like to see these particularly. The main attraction in Central Australia is Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). It was a great time together although the weather was very hot (36’c+ or 97’F).
Firstly, some quick background information for you and then I will show you the photos.
Uluru rises 348 metres above the plain (taller than the Eiffel Tower). Like an iceberg it goes way deeper underground. It has a circumference of 9.4 kilometres. That’s about 5.8 miles.
Kata-Tjuta rises 546 metres above the plain, or 1,066 metres above sea level. That’s the same size as the One World Trade Centre under construction in New York.
Both of these domed rock formations are over 550 million years old and are composed of sedimentary rock consisting of cobbles and boulders of varying rock types including granite and basalt cemented along with sandstone. Uluru is made up of a type of rock called arkose. The surface is actually flaky red with grey patches. These flakes are bits of rock left after water and oxygen have decayed minerals in the rock. The red is the rusting of iron found naturally in arkose and the grey is the original colour.
The crevasses in both are due to erosion, primarily by water. Although it is a dry region, the large area of these domes collects a lot of rainwater, which runs off in steep waterfalls during rain.
Information from Wikipedia. You can find out more information here at http://www.parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/
On with the show. I was trying to get a slide show happening but it wasn’t co-operating properly so if you click on the first photo it will enlarge and then you can click on the arrow to the right of each photo. For those receiving this by email you might like to head to my blog post by clicking above and you can see the photos clearer. Enjoy 🙂
Thanks for indulging me. Back to our regular postings next time.