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___ Famous Landmarks: Sacred Mountains - Satellite View and Map of Ayers Rock, the sacred site "Uluru"
Annotated Satellite View of Ayers Rock using Google Earth DataSatellite View is showing the sacred mountain Uluru, located almost in the center of the Australian continent in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the south west corner of Northern Territory. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The world's second largest monolith rises 340m above the desert, most of its bulk is below the ground, it has a base circumference of 9.4 km.
Uluru is Australia’s most recognizable natural icon. The sandstone rock formation is sacred to the Anangu (aboriginal people of western desert) of the area.
Around the base of Uluru are important sacred areas, some of these areas are flaged on the map, namely: Mala Puta, Warayuki, Tjukatjapi, Kuniya Piti, and Pulari. Viewing or entering these areas is forbidden unless properly authorised by senior men or women. Some of these areas are sacred under traditional men’s law, and others under traditional women’s law. These laws are part of Tjukurpa, the Anangu's traditional "way of life", the oral history and creation myths also known to the West as Dreamtime. Tjukurpa encompasses Anangu law and religion, the past, present and future, the creation period, their relationship with the land, and how all these are all interrelated.
Zoom out to find Ayers Rock Connellan Airport (IATA Code: AYQ) where you can reach Uluru by plane, it is situated north of Ayers Rock.
Magic Uluru - Image from "The Red Centre Way"
"For Anangu people they explain a concept called Tjukurpa. It explains how the countryside came to look the way it is." (see also the ABC website)
The Anangu, the traditional custodians have looked after Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park's landscape for tens of thousands of years:
"We, the traditional owners, value the park as a place that honors the culture of our people, preserves the fragile ecology of the land of our ancestors and upholds Tjukurpa - the Pitjantjatjara word for our history, knowledge, religion, morality and law that has always dictated the way in which we look after each other and the country."
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Information about the park by the Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.
Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park
UNESCO World Heritage entry.
Wikipedia: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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