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This is a view from the Central Australian Desert, from the countryside outside Alice Springs. These are two beautiful Ghost gums ( Corymbia Aparrerinja)that grow here. They are Eucalyptus trees, which are native to Australia and typical of this wild countryside. Australia has more the 700 species of Eucalyptus, many of which are adapted to live in these arid conditions. They are called ghost gums because of their white trunks. This comes from a white powder that they produce. The aboriginal people use this powder as a form of natural sun block. The earth is red here, which gives the area the name 'The Red Center'.The soil is rich in iron ore, which oxidizes to give the red colour. Behind the trees is a glimpse of the West McDonnell Range, which stretches 400 kilometers north and 400 kilometers south from here. This vast desert is one of the driest places on earth.

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