Ayers Rock ~ Australia ~ Virtual Vacation

Also known as Uluru, Ayers Rock (so named in 1873 by William Gosse in honor of Sir Henry Ayers) is a massive, uncharacteristic sandstone outcropping "rising" into the sky 1142 ft (348m). Actually, geologists think it to be merely the proverbial tip of a much larger iceberg that's been exposed over time by the eroding-away of the surrounding landscape. This is one of Australia's most recognizable geologic features attracting many tourists. There's some controversy around balancing the natural resources, honoring the fact that the local Aboriginal cultures hold this ground to be sacred, and allowing the curious an opportunity to experience the astounding reality of geologic forces and the conspiracy of time and erosion.

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