8 Amazing Images of Uluru

8 Amazing Images of Uluru

Also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru, located in the southern portion of Australia’s Northern Territory, has been a sacred place for thousands of years. It’s not hard to see why: looking at Mother Nature’s masterwork inspires awe and a new kind of reverence for the amazing planet we live on. If these 8 amazing images of Uluru won’t suffice, well, you might just need to visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and see the sandstone inselberg glowing red at dawn or sunset for yourself.

8. The Approach

Uluru is an “inselberg,” an “island mountain.” That means it stands alone, rising high above the plain that surrounds it. Roads with special accesses and parking have been constructed so that visitors can get the best view of Uluru. The most popular times to see Uluru are dawn and dusk since the inselberg seems to glow red in the light, especially at certain times of the year. The rock when first exposed had a grayish color, but the presence of oxidizing iron-bearing minerals are what give Uluru its distinctive hue. Here, Uluru is seen from a distance, which gives the viewer an idea of how large the formation really is, especially compared to the trees growing at the base of it. The blue sky provides a stunning backdrop for the deep, red hue of this sacred site.

7. Crevices in the Rock

Uluru is, like any other rock formation, subject to the process of weathering; that is what gives it that famous red hue, after all. The inselberg is also not immune to the effects of erosion. Around the landmark, you’ll find waterholes, springs and rock caves. The caves and other formations in the rock, like the ones in this picture, are the result of erosion over thousands of years; Uluru is estimated to be millions of years old, with its initial deposits formed during Cambrian times and later thrust up during a period of Paleozoic mountain-building into the formation we see today. Analysis of Uluru’s formation shows evidence of a relatively fast rate of erosion, especially of its granite components. Uluru is also in large part sand, which means rain water makes deep cuts in the surface as it travels down the rockface.

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