Purnululu National Park
Purnululu National Park is famous for the sandstone domes, unusual and visually striking with their striping in alternating orange and grey bands.
The banding of the domes is due to differences in clay content and porosity of the sandstone layers: the orange bands consist of oxidised iron compounds in layers that dry out too quickly for cyanobacteria to multiply; the grey bands are composed of cyanobacteria growing on the surface of layers of sandstone where moisture accumulates.
Sue Seevers - March 2009
The Bungle-Bungles were awesome, from the ground and the air as well! Definitely worth the bumpy -- really bumpy -- dirt road access into the park. And, be sure to spend a night in the park at one of the campgrounds to get the full effect of the wilderness.
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Full name: Purnululu National Park
2003 - InscribedReasons for inscription
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- Pictographs over 200 sites of rock art in the park
- Meteorite impact Piccaninny Crater
- Canyons Piccaninny Gorge
- Paleozoic The sandstone formation of the Bungle Bungle ranges is estimated to be 350 million years old, give or take a few millions. Like the reefs at the Geikie and Windjana gorges the range was formed during the Devonian period.
World Heritage Process
- Natural sites rejected for cultural criteria Consideration of the inscription of the property under cultural criteria was deferred in 2003