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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Bungle Bungles Bungle Bungles The Bungle Bungles are largerock formations in the Kimberleythey are a protected area. Dueto the Bungle Bungles fragile formclimbing them is prohibited. Key facts Unusual facts - They are home to many plants and small animals, such as fanpalms and lizards- many hidden pools are within the Bungle Bungle range- They are in Pornululu national park, and are protected by law- The rocks are very fragile due to erosion, and climbing them isnow prohibited- The Aboriginals lived here mainly in the wet season due to it'sabundance of life during that time- They formed between 375 & 535 million years ago Size/location - The range is 200-300 metres above a woodland valley- The range is an amazing 578 metres above sea level- They are in Pornululu national park, in the Kimberley- The range are 45,000 hectares in area- Some of the formations rise as high as 200 metres Geographical paragraph Aboriginals and the Bungle Bungles The distinctive beehive-shaped formations of the Bungle Bunglerange is made up of sandstones (rocks formed by the joiningof sand grains) and conglomerates (rocks made mainly ofsmall and large rocks and cemented together with finer material).These magnificent rocks are most likely formed 350 to 375million years ago. The rocks appear red on the outside, with stripes of black and orange, but underneath they are whitish incolour. Less permeable layers inbetween the top and centreof the rocks are made of iron or magnesium, these layers areoften exposed due to erosion. These rocks have been erodingfor over 20 million years. Aboriginal people value the bungle bungles almost as much as Uluru, many things are provided by these amazing formations. In the wetseason the crevices in between the bungle Bungles fill up with water occasionally these pools stay filled for half the year. The fresh waterprovides a better living environment for animals, such as birds and lizards. These rock formations were commonly used as a sanctuary forperforming rituals, for over 20,000 years by the Kija tribe who lived locally.According to Aboriginal legend these formations were formed by theRainbow Serpent, and that causes their winding shape. life in the Bungle Bungles Many species live in and around these huge rockformations, including birds, insects, reptiles andmany varieties of plants. The flora in the Bungle Bunglesrange is predominantly fan palms and spinifex.The woodland valley nearby contains many more varieties of trees and plants.The varieties of grasses that grow there and all through the Kimberley include bundle bundle grass and spinifex.More than 130 species of birds inhabit this geological spectacle and they just add to the beauty of the rocks. - They are made of sandstone- The outside of the rocks is encased in silica and lichens- These rocks were formed due to sand deposited from once existing highland rivers- The rock formations resemble beehives in there shapeand texture- The orange stripes are made of silica deposits- The black stripes are made of lichen- The Bungle Bungles were named by the Aboriginal tribe who lived their Threats and dangers Many things endanger the Bungle Bunglesrange, both living and non-living things. Theseinclude things such as water erosion, and human threats. All the hidden pools in betweenthe rock formations pose a threat as theyoften try to flow downhill into the valley below.Wind erosion,the thing that formed the rangewill eventually completely erode the Bungle Bunglesand then they would not be there anymore. Humansalso pose a threat if they climb these fragilerocks formations then they could easily break them,but law protects the range from that happening.
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