on February 13, 2006
Ayers Rock is part of the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Its aboriginal name is Uluru. I've seen different definitions for this name, ranging from "large pebble" to "meeting place." I have no idea which one is correct. The colour of the rock can be very different throughout the day, reaching its characteristic red colour, seen on so many pictures, only during the evening sunset. For the rest of the day, the shade varies from beige to pale orange and even to a dark bluish colour at dusk. From a distance, the rock appears to have a smooth surface, but seen up close, there are holes, caves, and cracks that break up the surface.
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