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Uluru (Ayers Rock) Australia

Uluru, also referred to as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory of central Australia. Uluru has many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings and is considered a sacred spot to the Aboriginal people of the area. The world-renowned sandstone formation stands over 1,000 feet high with most of its bulk below the ground and measures approximately six miles in circumference. Uluru is notable for appearing to change color as the different light strikes it at different times of the day and year, with sunset a particularly remarkable sight when it briefly glows red. Although rainfall is uncommon in this semiarid area, during wet periods the rock acquires a silvery-grey color, with streaks of black algae forming on the areas that serve as channels for water flow. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site.

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