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Looking south from Turners Lookout in the East Macdonnell Ranges, you can see the bare bones of the Earth laid out in front of you. Between here and the horizon is 400 million years of Earth history, displayed as different layers of sedimentary rock. They all belong a geological structure known as the Amadeus Basin, occupying much of central Australia. The purple layer in the middle ground is the Arumbera Sandstone, a distinctive rock layer about 550 million years old. The green bush in the foreground is a native pine tree of the genus Callitris.

Turners Lookout is about 50 km east of Alice Springs, and a 4-wheel drive track leads from the main road near Trephina Gorge to the beginning of the walk at John Hayes Water Hole. From there it is about two or three hours walk up to the lookout. You get great views to the north, west and south.

Scanned from a slide. Polariser used.

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