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Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

Ayers Rock/Uluru, central Australia (credit: NASA/ESA)

One of the most iconic symbols of Australia is the gigantic megalith known Ayers Rock or to indigenous Australians as Uluru. The geologic structure, the hard remnant of a once high mountain range, was named by European explorers for the administrator of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers. To the indigenous people of this central region of the Northern Territories it is the Great Pebble and considered a sacred to their Dreamtime creation stories.

The massive structure has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and stands solo near the central Outback the town of Alice Springs. It has been seen from space by NASA and European Space Agency satellites. WHB

                    Ayers Rock/Uluru near Alice Springs, Outback Australia  (credit: NASA/ESA)

 

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