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PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK - TRAIL #5

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
More photos of the raw beauty of Piccaninny Creek.

“The Bungle Bungle Mountains are an unusual and very dramatic plateau of Devonian quartz sandstone, created through a complex process of sedimentation, compaction, uplift (caused by the collision of Gondwanaland and Laurasia approximately 300 million years ago and the convergence of the Indo-Australian Plate and the Pacific Plate 20 million years ago), as well as long periods of erosion.

The Bungle Bungle landscape comprises a mass of beehive-shaped towers with regularly alternating, dark grey bands of cynobacterial crust (single-cell photosynthetic organisms).

The plateau is dissected by 100-200 m deep, sheer-sided gorges. The cone-towers are steep-sided, with an abrupt break of slope at the base and have domed summits. Their surface is fragile but stabilized by crusts of iron oxide and bacteria. They provide an outstanding example of land formation by dissolutional weathering of sandstone, with removal of sand grains by wind, rain and sheet wash on slopes.

The Bungle Bungle Range is one of the most extensive and impressive occurrences of sandstone tower karst in the world”
Source: Advisory Body Evaluationhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1094

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

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Comments


Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
25 Sep 2012 8:47AM
Going with V2 in this set, good details and comp
Regards Richard

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WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
25 Sep 2012 9:16AM
A good reflection here, Jean-Noel. Two images that focus on the strata, nothing to choose between them.

Dave
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 9:27AM
Once again Jean, you have provided me with a wealth interesting and informative facts regarding this what can only be described as a most wonderful place. The two images instantly reminded me of 'Bouffant hair styles, famous during the sixties'.

Regards Nathan
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
25 Sep 2012 10:02AM
Two fine shots of this interesting part of the Park with those fascinating rocks.
Ronnie.
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
25 Sep 2012 10:21AM
Has an immediate impact Jean, combination of these sculptured hills and that reflection !!!
Ron.
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
25 Sep 2012 10:40AM
Very impressive JN - excellent.
Joan.
paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 11:01AM
Great variants.
Matt
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
25 Sep 2012 11:44AM
The clarity in v2 brings out all their beauty and uniqueness.
AndreaJ 4 24 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 2:14PM
lovely x that looks like a nice spot to sit!!
gwynn56 4 87 England
25 Sep 2012 2:24PM
what a lovely scene , to me it looks as though theres a smiling face ibn the center , mouth open near the water Smile
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
29 Oct 2012 6:41PM
Wonderful clarity and colours and fascinating rock formations

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