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Great Sandy Desert

Listed under Deserts in Western Australia, Australia.

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Despite higher rainfall levels than can be found in most deserts, the flat, dry Great Sandy Desert of Australia is still too hot and barren to play host to any large, permanent settlements. Its red sand rises into high, parallel dunes and blends into Australia's other desert regions on all sides (including the Little Sandy to the south) but for the northwestern edge, which is washed by the Indian Ocean. Wild camels, red kangaroos and the world's largest remaining population of Rufous wallaby reside here, but the region's most celebrated natural wonder is Uluru, formerly called Ayers Rock. Uluru is the remainder of a sandstone mountain range, the rest of which has disappeared into sand from centuries of erosion, and its size (9.4 kilometers in circumference) has caused it to retain moisture at its base and support its own populations of endemic plants and animals.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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I visited Uluru with my family when I was eight years old (it was still called Ayres Rock then.) and even then I remember being incredibly impressed by it. It lights up the surrounding desert like a fluorescent orange beacon and grasses and trees grow … Read more...

Written by  Graeme Harwood.

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