Ayers Rock

#95 - Yulara, Australia
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It's always at the center of attention.
Quite literally, in fact, since it's located very close to the actual geographical center of Australia. The official name is actually Uluru, which is a lot easier to pronounce than the name of the local people of that area: Pitjantjatjara. The sandstone rock is 1,141 ft. high and covers 1.29 sq. miles of desert. It's what's left over from a huge sediment that formed a long time ago, but obviously not forgotten because it's our #95 AbsoluteVisit.
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  • The Ayers Rock in Australia is 1,141 feet (348 meters) tall; however, the majority of the rock is actually underground, about 3 miles (4.8 km) below the surface.
  • The Ayers Rock is located almost exactly in the center of Australia. It is the largest single rock on earth and is made up of mainly sandstone.
  • It takes about 4 hours (2 if you walk quickly) to circle the entire 5.9 mile (9 km) base of Ayers Rock.
  • The rock appears a deep red color due to the high amount of iron oxiding on the surface but in reality the rock is gray, just like all other rocks.
  • Over half a million people visit Ayers Rock every year, but only about ten percent actually attempt to climb to the top.
 

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