*photography: >>photo essays: Uuru landscapes, Australia.
Uluru is a 600 million year old sandstone rock formation or 'island mountain' located in the southern part of the Northen Territory, central Australia. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankuytjatjara tribes of the Anangu people, it's traditional custodians for millennia. Uluru is a world heritage site and part of Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park.
Uluru is composed of coarse grained sandstone, with significant deposits of feldspar, quartz and silicate minerals. Standing at more than 350 m high, Uluru is taller than the Eiffel tower, with a maximum 2 km width, 3.4 km length and a base circumference of 9.5 km. From a distance Uluru seems to be a monolithic and uniform rock, walking around the base reveals its diverse natural features: there are numerous ancient Aboriginal paintings and rock caves, as welll as natural springs, water holes and gorges; which support a diversity of animal and plant life and provide a sanctuary for many species in the otherwise extreme desert environment. As the light changes through the seasons and each day progresses from sunrise to nightfall, Uluru's colours and appearance transform, adding a distinctly living quality to its majestic presence in the central Australian desert landscape.