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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Uluru

I'm starting from the end here -- this was taken from the sunset viewing area, where we lined up with all the other tourists, and drank champagne and ate smoked salmon while we watched the colors change as the sun set.

Uluru is referred to as a monolith, but it's much more complicated than that word suggests. One of the most interesting features  -- which you can see clearly in this picture -- is the way the layers of sandstone are vertical. You could see the same kind of stratification in the sandstone around Alice Springs, but that was mostly horizontal, as you would expect. But at some point in the distant geologic past this mass of stone was somehow flipped onto its side.

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