MEREENIE LOOP : AUSTRALIA
The MacDonnell Ranges, located in the Northern Territory of Australia, are 644 km (400 mi) long and consist of parallel ridges running to the east and west of Alice Springs. Named after Sir Richard MacDonnell by the explorer John Stuart during his 1860 expedition to the region.
The ranges are composed of many rock types, but are most famous for their red quartzite peaks and gorges. They were created 350-300 million years ago during a mountain building event, and since that time, folding, faulting and erosion have shaped the range and created numerous gaps and gorges. Some of the valleys of the range contain fossil evidence of the inland sea that once covered central Australia.
The headwaters of the Todd, Finke and Sandover rivers form in the MacDonnell Ranges.
East lies Gosses Bluff, which is thought to be the eroded remnant of an impact crater. It is located 175 km (109 mi) west of Alice Springs and about 212 km (132 mi) to the northeast of Uluru (Ayers Rock). It was named by Ernest Giles in 1872, whose expedition was discussed in my prior post.
If you were to take the adventurous route to Ayers Rock (Uluru) from Alice Springs you would find yourself driving right through this picture on the Mereenie Loop Road...be sure to send me a selfie!
The inset photograph was taken using an 1150mm lens from the Cupola of International Space Station. This is the 4th post in a series using a selection of images taken during one pass over the continent.
The overlay photograph was taken 25 seconds after the image highlighted in my last post, during which time the @iss traveled* 172 km (108 miles) (*Between Nadir Points : distance over ground) on a SW-NE pass.
This image location is also 170 km (108 miles) NE of the prior post in the series.
Geo-Historical Text : Wikipedia
Calculations : WolframAlpha Pro
Satellite Imagery: ESRI ArcGIS
Overlay Source Image: NASA Johnson