Urulu – The Extraordinary Pebble – Part II

Australia & Pacific | | September 1, 2009 at 10:09 am




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The nearly triangular Urulu, not theoretically a monolith has a more solid external surface in comparison to a majority of rocky formations that permits the presence of the atypically precipitous rock faces that wind downwards to base level.

The Urulu is an entirely barren rock formation devoid of even a miniscule amount of vegetation that interestingly augments to its austere and mystic splendour. A sharp disparity is conversely observed at the bottom of the rock formation that is nurtured by the rain water over spilling from Urulu, leading to the formation of a prolific haven of water pools, abundant influx of vegetation and an array of wild animal forms. This led to it becoming an idyllic locale by the Aborigines to carry out various ceremonies, who laid base here in the grottos with sustenance derived from the water and accessible victuals.

Urulu rock formation

Besides its daunting extent, the most remarkable aspect of Urulu, that is adored by both the Aborigines and the sightseers are the spectacular ongoing colour transformations that occur through the daytime and annually. Dawn and dusk periods are especially breathtaking, with the rock gleaming in hues of deep oxidized crimson. The rock obtains its rusty tone due to corrosion. The glistening effect during dawn and dusk is caused due to the arkose-based sandstone component of the rock that comprises of light-reflective minerals and the colour alterations happen in synchrony with the varying attitude of the sun’s rays.

The low grottos at the bottom of the Urulu rock have many primeval carvings and works of art that are not simply relics belonging to some remote culture as these are is a state of constant creation by the Anangu.

At Uluru, the olden grotto paintings are merely coloured over with the new-fangled ones, the paint employed being majorly water-based, and hence extremely subtle. Due to such causes, the precise dating of the art work in the rocks is seemingly unattainable. The rock art forms constitute forms such as the wooden rebounder-the boomerang, human forms, conceptual signs and water sources.

The 9.4 kilometres spanning base stroll encompasses its outer limits. One could also undertake the two kilometre long Mala walk or the one kilometre long Mutitjulu walk with guides like park wardens and the Anangus at disposal during the walks. The three hundred populace Aboriginal society of Mutitjulu is located close to the west end of Urulu.

Urulu – The Extraordinary Pebble – Part I

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4 Comments

  1. Sara says:

    I am really astonished with idea of changing colors throughout. Tell me, how much time should be alotted to Urulu in itinerary of 12 days Australia tour?

  2. Kim says:

    Nature, history, stories, art & lovely walks at suhnset! Wow Ricky! I couldn’t asked for more tailor made holiday package! It’s awesome!

  3. Roger says:

    Sure, I agree, there are many fascinating aspects of Ayers Rock, but,Ricky, the spiritual significance is of utmost importance, which can not be overlooked. I wish you would have explained that aspect better.

  4. It is important to know where one steps, Mount Urulu is part of an asteroid that collided at 32 km from where it currently is, Mount Olga is another fragment of the asteroid, if you’re interested more information, visit the Web astroblematierra.com specifically Urulu paragraph asteroid.

    Greetings. Agustin Alcaraz
    Researcher Cartografico and Natutista

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