Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Geology Photos

Evelyn at Georneys invited us to join her this week in posting a geology photo a day. It's a busy week for me, trying to finish the final chapter of my thesis before I settle in for some thorough editing. I can't promise that I'll get around to finishing the blog posts I have in the works, but a photo-a-day seems manageable, especially since sifting through them to find especially cool ones makes for a nice break.

Today's photo is from my visit to Australia in September. It's from the top of a red sand dune, between Lake Amadeus and Mount Connor, in the Northern Territory. I forgot to take a close-up photo of the sand, but it was hot and fine-grained and felt silky smooth on my bare feet.

The pinkish haze on the horizon is the smoke from the bush fires that were a dominant character during my time in the Northern Territory.

It's kind of cheating on the photo-a-day theme, but here's another photo, showing a different dune in the background, giving a sense of how big these things actually are.  In fact, many of the viewing areas at Uluru and Kata Tjuta are on top of dunes.

If you fly to Alice Springs from Sydney, as I did, you fly over the Simpson Desert, which is a "sea" of dunes.


  1. It is! This one is a wild one (wild as in an introduced species but now living wild), but they actually have a a few camel farms there, and apparently sell camels to Middle Eastern and North African countries.

    Other than birds, this was the first wild animal I saw in Australia (that wasn't lying dead on the side of the road). Happily, I did see some native animals later on too.