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Nico Kenderessy

Perth, Australia

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The landscape of Hamersley Gorge is perhaps one of the most distinct and colourful in Karijini, with amazing curves of sedimentary layers leading the eye in all sorts of crazy directions.

“The banded iron formations exposed in many of the rocks in and around the gorges originated more than 2,500 million years ago as iron and silica-rich sediment deposits accumulated on an ancient sea-floor. Over millions of years these deposits were transformed by the pressure of further sediments laid down over them, forcing trapped water to be driven out and gradually turning the sediments into tough, well-bedded rock.
Horizontal compression later caused the rocks to buckle, developing numerous vertical cracks, before lifting to the surface to form dry land.
A sharp drop in sea-level caused the rivers to cut down rapidly through the land, creating sheer-sided gorges. This, combined with millions of years of erosion, has sculptured the rocks into the present landscape”. (quote from tourism brochure)

For a small time during my visit I had this amazing gorge all to myself. It was such a tranquil spot to sit under a tree, dabbling my toes in the water (although a ticklish experience thanks to the curious fish that you can see swimming at the bottom of the photograph) and just drink in the sights and watch the changes of light and colour as the sun progressed across the sky.

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