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Australia’s Spectacular Rock Formations

by papaleng on 27/10/10 at 1:35 pm

Australia’s impressive rock formations.

Formed by Mother Nature‘s creative hand using weathering and erosion as tools, Australia’s rock formations are beauties to behold. Still undergoing constant changes, Australia‘s rock formations are considered some of the most spectacular beauties of Nature. Read on to know more about these impressive rock artworks from Down Under:

Devil’s Marbles


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Devils Marbles or Karlu Karlu, as the aborigines called this sacred site, is situated  near Wauchope about 114 km south of Tennant Creek, in the Northern Territory. The Devils Marbles, 4 meters high, 13-33 meters wide, are a collection of gigantic round, red-colored boulders formed millions of years ago. These rocks are the end result of result of the hardening of magma under a thick layer of sandstone. As time passes, the sandstone were eroded causing the granite to expand and cracks were formed. The Devil’s Marbles are still undergoing transformation – eroding into a square cubes of rock. Scientists predicts this Nature wonder will soon be just little pebbles, 50 million years from now!

Three Sisters

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The Three Sisters is located in Jamison Valley, in New South Wales, Australia. Another spectacular rock formation, Three sisters was formed by sandstone erosion. The sandstone at blue Mountain was soft in nature that water seeks through little cracks, slowly enlarging them that tend to erode eventually. According to local legend, three Aboriginal sisters fell in love with three men from a rival tribe. Since marriage was prohibited by tribal law; their father, a witch doctor turned them into rocks to protect them. But he was killed during the battle and no one else can turned them back to their human form.

Wave Rock

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Wave Rock is an unusual landform located near the wheatbelt town of Hyden, in Western Australia. About 14 meters high and 110m long, Wave rock  is composed of granite formed 2700 million years ago. The gray, red, brown and yellow vertical stripes of the Wave are chemical deposits (carbonates and iron hydroxide) brought about by rains.  Wave rock has become one of Australia’s tourist destination, attracting more than 140,000 tourists yearly.

Bungle Bungles

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The Bungle Bugle is located in the Purnululu National Park, Western Australia. These spectacular beehive-shaped rock formation was formed over 350 million years ago. This unique massif rising as high as 578 meters above sea level, appears like terrified tigers, striped in orange and black. The domes orange color bands consist iron and manganese compound, while the black stripes are the result of dark algae accumulated in the softer surface layers of rock. In July 2003, Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungles site  were declared a World Heritage site.

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One of the must see sites in Australia, The Pinnacles are limestone formations located within  Nambung National Park, in Cervantes, Western Australia. Nambung National Park covers an area of 17,487 hectares, and home to a wide array of wildlife. These incredible land formation, with some several meters tall, is believed to be formed from seashells about millions of years ago. Attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles is a must see place in Australia.

12 Apostles

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Originally called Sow and Piglets, the Twelve Apostles are giant rocks stack off the shore of the water in Port Campbell National Park in Victoria, Australia. Rising up to 70 meters from the waters, these sandstone were formed around 10 to 20 million years ago. At that time, the ocean constantly bombarded the coastline thus eroding the soft limestone. These natural process, formed caves in the cliffs, eventually became arches, that eventually collapsed;  forming nine stacks measuring up to 45 meters high. The stacks are vulnerable to further erosion from the waves. On 3 July 2005, a 50 meter tall stack collapsed, leaving eight still standing,

Ayers Rock

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Ayers Rock or Uluru is one of Australia’s famous landmark. Rising 348 meters high above sea level, this sandstone rock is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Northern Territory, central Australia. Uluru was formed about 500 million year ago. Caves, waterholes and more than hundred species of birds can be found in the site. Uluru is known to change color throughout the day and year.

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rinfour

Oct 27th, 2010

Those rock formations are really pretty! The wave rock in particular. I think I saw “uluru” in Japanese movie once…pretty interesting articles! keep it up! :)

Christine Ramsay

Oct 27th, 2010

These are quite amazing rock formations. A very well researched and beautifully presented article.

Christine

albert1jemi

Oct 27th, 2010

great share

webseowriters

Oct 27th, 2010

Wow amazing

Philyra Clio

Oct 27th, 2010

nice share! fantastic formations of rocks.

Rhodora Bande

Oct 27th, 2010

I love those pictures. Masarap sa mata. Nice collection. Happy birthday, by the way! Dito talaga in-announce… :-)

Kaye TM

Oct 27th, 2010

ganda naman. so breathtaking!!

Brenda Nelson

Oct 27th, 2010

stunning scenery, we have some awesome rock formations here in Canada too.. very amazing looks at our earths history.

The Soul Explorer

Oct 27th, 2010

Amazing Rock Formation!

lapasan

Oct 27th, 2010

Good Post with very beautiful pictures!

Eunice Tan

Oct 27th, 2010

Fantastic.

LCM Linda

Oct 27th, 2010

So beautiful. Hope I can pay visit to all of them one day. Wave Rock looks most interesting. Great share.

CHAN LEE PENG

Oct 27th, 2010

Those rock formations are extraordinary, especially the wave rock.

alvinwriter

Oct 27th, 2010

Rocks never fail to fascinate me. No wonder they are like pets to some people! But really, they belong in the wild, natural landscapes like the ones shown here. Hmm, I wonder how the Devil lost his marbles? Lol! Thanks, papaleng!

crisdiwata

Oct 27th, 2010

Awesome! Very fascinating!

GodsGrace

Oct 27th, 2010

Nice Post

awesome11

Oct 28th, 2010

Wonderful article written

strategy03

Oct 28th, 2010

Great writing. I like this

Noeal V

Oct 28th, 2010

Nice Share.

Anupatil

Oct 28th, 2010

Very beautiful rocks,nice share asusual

Phill Senters

Oct 28th, 2010

Very nice Papaleng. :)

Tattoo3658we

Oct 28th, 2010

Amazing photos!

bryeunade

Oct 29th, 2010

nice one bro

sandcastle

Oct 29th, 2010

remarkable rock formations! I love the wave formation most of all!

PR Mace

Oct 30th, 2010

Amazing pictures with an outstanding article.

Neva Flores

Oct 30th, 2010

Great share…………

addjusting

Oct 30th, 2010

I love to live in one of those rock. If that is located in our country, I think it is raw material already. People don’t care to preserve nature.

tankermone

Oct 30th, 2010

A very informative article, which I shall keep in mind. I have always wanted to visit Australia, and now I have more places in mind to visit!

nobert soloria bermosa

Oct 31st, 2010

nice..check the photos of wave rock bro…

nobert soloria bermosa

Oct 31st, 2010

check this out…http://trifter.com/asia-pacific/australia/10-most-spectacular-natural-wonders-of-australia/

eddiego65

Oct 31st, 2010

Breathtaking pics.

Phoenix Montoya

Nov 8th, 2010

These rock formations are simply amazing kuya :)

BlazeTaylorr

Nov 10th, 2010

Wave Rock is beautiful!

Uma Shankari

Nov 11th, 2010

Amazing, papaleng. Too good to be true. Picture perfect. Breathtaking.

lovestar2010

Nov 11th, 2010

i like beautiful pictures and thank you for sharing .great

revivor

Nov 16th, 2010

your work rocks!!

CJ

Feb 1st, 2013

Wave Rock actually looks nothing like that, I do not know where you got your picture (Arizona or Utah in the US?) but it is not in Australia. Nice effort though.

jyb

Mar 6th, 2013

Nice post, but I think the image of the wave rock you used is from Arizona, US

josfxj122008

Mar 6th, 2013

Nice post, but I think the image of the wave rock you used is from Arizona, US

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