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Photographer's Note

If staying at Yulara it is well worth getting the shuttle bus 40 km to Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, and taking some of the short walks around the base. You often have the track to yourself. Uluru and Kata Tjuta are located in the Great Sandy Desert, the 2nd largest of Australia's 7 deserts, which has an area of almost 300,000 sq km (almost the size of Italy.) The largest desert in Australia is the Great Victoria Desert further south, straddling Western Australia & South Australia, & with almost 350,000 sq km. (almost the size of Germany)!

"Uluru rock is composed of arkose, a coarse grained sandstone rich in the mineral feldspar. The sandy sediment, which hardened to form this arkose, was eroded from high mountains composed largely of granite. Kata Tjuta rock (posted yesterday) is a conglomerate - gravel consisting of pebbles, cobbles and boulders cemented by sand and mud."

Source: http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/national-parks/uluru-kata-tjuta-national-park/natural-environment/geology

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