One of the largest Monoliths on the Planet!
Now that's something to be proud of!
Deep within the heart of Australia, located 350km south-west of Alice Springs, lies one of the biggest sandstone rock formations found. Yes, this is Uluru. This giant rock stretches 2.5km into the Earth's surface, it is as tall as 318m, and it's circumference measures a whopping 8km!
Uluru is composed of a material known as arkose, a coarse grained sandstone, which is enriched with the mineral feldspar. The sediment that formed this material, has found to be eroded from high mountains, which is highly enriched with granite.
Mala (small wallaby)
Mala is a small species of wallaby that was once the most abundant and widespread macropods in the Northern Territiory. This marsupial weighs in around 800 - 1600 grams. Sadly today the Mala is all but extinct in the wild, but luckily, a breeding program successfully breeded them in the wild, and now the population has raised to 220.
Itjaritjari (marsupial mole)
Itjaritjari is a small mole with a head and body length of 121 - 159 millimetres and tail length of 21 - 26 millimetres. This species of mole is listed as rare, and are widely spread over the desert region of Australia. These animals are rarely seen because it spends most of it's life living underground, and because they are inclined to their burrows when it rains.
Malu (Red Kangaroo)
Malu (Red Kangaroo) is mainly found in the better-watered plains and low open woodlands, but subsists in the desert. The males are 1645 - 2400 millimetres in length, and the females are 1390 - 2000 millimetres in length. Malu weigh between 22 - 85 kilograms (Males) and 17 - 35 kilograms (Females.) When the conditions are not in their favour, they can nurture up to three babies at once.
Uluru is a natural wonder that is the heart of this iconic country, so why are we treating it like it's just an regular piece of rock? Uluru is not something that can be reborn, it's a natural gift that this Earth gave us.
Each year, more than 300'000 people visit Uluru, and hundreds of these people who visit, can't wait to climb it. This is the reason why our iconic rock is slowly fading away. These people who climb it, don't realise that they are breaking the trust between themselves, and the custodians who originally owned the land. The custodians don't like it to be climbed because they believe that the Rainbow Serpent wouldn't allow people climbing up he's creation. On average, more than 30 people die trying to climb Uluru. This is why the Rainbow Serpent doesn't allow people to climb this in the Dreamtime, because of how dangerous it is to climb.
What Can You Do About It?
For starters, when you visit Uluru, you can help by picking up the rubbish you see, it doesn't matter if it's yours or not. Just pick it up! You could be saving an animals life. You never know. Also, you can help myself, and the custodians of the land by not climbing up it. Just imagine that if you wanted to show your children the heart of this iconic country, you couldn't, because the Australian Government closed off the area to the public, and the people who live there. This means that the custodians of the land will have to move away from their home, and watch it from afar for the rest of their lives. Imagine how they would feel. They would feel terrible. This is why you shouldn't climb Uluru in the first place. Lastly, I would like to say that Uluru is the most fascinating place on the planet, and nothing can change that. Except for the few people who want to damage it. So please, don't hurt the heart of our country.
What Are Some of the Implications Put In Place for Uluru?
Some of the implications put in place for Uluru are, for example, the zoning off the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Land Trust have put in place. Some other examples of this are the signs put around telling people where they can and can't go, putting chains around so some of the walking track, and restricted areas, are zoned off to the public, so people can't walk there.
There are a lot of restrictions put in place for Uluru and Kata Tjuta because of how sacred the sites are to the people who own it, and the custodians who live on the land. These restrictions are important to the custodians because it means that people can't come and walk all over their history and culture.
Looking into the Future
In the near future, Uluru will look no different to what we know it to be now. If you were looking very distant into the future, Uluru would be different. This is to be known because of the Governments' plan to let people walk on Uluru, despite not listening to the custodians of the land, telling people not to climb it. Other factors like shy rainfall , and how rare cold seasons are, will not affect it too much. Wind is also another factor to Uluru's future face. Because Uluru is located in a really dry and arid place, there is very likely to be any devastating winds or storms anytime soon.