Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Waterfalls on Uluru: A Rare Sight

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in central Australia, and one of the most recognizable natural landmarks of the country. The 348 meters-high sandstone formation looks the most wonderful during sunrise and sunset when the fiery red sun is reflected off its surface – a sight that many tourists yearn to view, but the real spectacle occurs in summer when the region experiences heavy rains.
The region where Uluru lies – the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia – is a desert, where the average annual rainfall is about 300 mm, but even that is extremely variable. Although rain may fall at any time of the year in the vicinity of Uluru, occasional heavy rains occur between November and March. At such times, the famous monolith is covered with innumerable streams of water that changes the very color of Ayers Rock to a rare shade of violet.
It is estimated that only 1% of visitors to Uluru get the chance to witness waterfalls flowing from the rock.
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