CATHEDRAL GORGE_PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK #12

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
A last view of the beehives.

The “Domes Trail” is a slight detour either on the way to Cathedral Gorge or on the way back. It is worth the small effort as the trail is about 300m long and takes you near those amazing domes.

The domes are about 200 to 300 m high. The sandstone and conglomerates have been eroded into these shapes for over 20 million years.

“Over the span of 350 million years, rivers washed sand and pebbles into the area, layer-upon-layer, and the sand was ground finer and harder together until it formed sandstone rock. Strong winds and heavy rains have eroded the sandstone away to form the dome shapes we see today.

The Bungle Bungle gain their tiger-stripes from black algae growth that permeates the more porous layers of the rock, and a glossy orange build up of manganese and iron staining.

Standing within these domes, you cant even begin to fathom the time it has taken for this process to occur.” (http://www.discoverwest.com.au/western_australia/bungle_bungles.html)

Tags: Australia Western australia Landscape and travel Purnululu national park EAST KIMBERLEY BUNGLE BUNGLE RANGE ORD REGION CATHEDRAL GORGE


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jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
21 Apr 2012 5:10PM
Another great set

Peter

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Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
21 Apr 2012 5:42PM
Another super collection of images here Jean-Noel, great colours in those rocks.

Best Matt
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
21 Apr 2012 5:57PM
An amazing sight, Jean-Noel, and thank you for the explanation of these strange 'domes' of sandstone. Carol
moiral 6 12 Scotland
21 Apr 2012 8:53PM
Awesome looking place. Very good set of shots. Moira
paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2012 9:05PM
Great series of lanscapes JN.
Matt
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 9 10 England
21 Apr 2012 9:50PM
The learning curve continues with your excellent explanations and photography.
Joan.

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