Uluru By james pratt

PLACE AND SPACE

Uluru is located in southwest NT, Australia, the closest major town/city to Uluru is Alice springs. Uluru is 2620 km from Canberra, Australia's capital city. Uluru is completely surrounded by desert and grassland. Uluru is significant to indigenous Australians because they believe ancient spirits created this sacred landmark. Uluru is part of Australia's national identity because it is a one of a kind you will only find in Australia because of this a lot of people from all over the world come to Australia just to see Uluru. The Uluru dreamtime tells of a featureless world untill Ancestors of the Anangu Aboriginal people travelled the world creating features such as Uluru and the kata-tjuta.

Countour map of Uluru

References

31/3 http://uluru-australia.com/about-uluru/aboriginal-uluru-dreamtime/ Uluru Australia

31/3 http://www.mrswilsonswebsite.com/geography.html Mrs Wilson

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Uluru size comparison

Environment

Many animals live in the Uluru area such as dingos, kangaroos, koalas and other animals you would only find in Australia. Uluru located in semi-arid desert, so the scenery there is of red dirt and bushland. Uluru gets extreme heat in summer averaging 37.5degrees in January, but in winter it can get quite cold at night some being of 0 degrees, in July 1997 it actually snowed on the top of Uluru! Uluru itself has changed a lot over time with people and cars eroding it. On average 250,000 people visit Uluru per year, so to accommodate the mass of people, airports, hotels, shops and roads have had to built.

Uluru climate graph

6/4 https://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20140910.html Australian government

7/4 http://www.uluru.com/UluruClimate.html Uluru. Com

Climbing debate

The climbing debate is a debate about the climbing of Uluru, this is and has been for a while a major talking point over Uluru. The Anangu people who are the original owners of Uluru have never wanted people to climb Uluru because of their own beliefs and in respect to their ancestors, it's like someone coming into a church and walking over the altar, we wouldn't like that so why do it to them. Another reason you shouldn't climb it is that if people are walking up the rock it erodes the rock and then over time the rock is not there for anyone else to see. There are signs up at the base of Uluru telling people not to climb it, but people still do. I don't think people should climb the rock for these cultural and sustainability issues.

7/4 http://www.news.com.au/travel/australian-holidays/northern-territory/the-great-aussie-debate-to-climb-or-not-to-climb-uluru/news-story/90b11f642d39b98bf0b0610f07b00fd2 news.com

7/4 http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/climbing-ayers-rock-uluru.html outback Australia

Tourism industry

With 250,000 people visiting Uluru a year the tourism industry has had a big impact on Uluru, with so many people coming each year towns and resorts have had to be built and Uluru itself is beginning to erode from the amounts of people who come there. Animals have also been impacted by the tourism industry in Uluru, because they have been scared by people and machinery or forced out of their homes by infrastructure. Plane fumes have also impacted the natural air around Uluru.

Yulara the resort town located not far from Uluru

7/4 https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-25.2403913,130.973589,14z/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en-GB google maps

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Future of Uluru

If the amount of tourists coming to Uluru keeps increasing every year then something needs to put In place to save Uluru and the area, especially if people continue to climb Uluru and erode it. I think the government needs to take extra steps to protect uluru and the area like banning people from climbing the rock or driving up the rock with fines being placed if people do so. I also think restrictions to which part of the surrounding land can be built on should be made. If the government starts to place rules like this for Uluru, it will still be an Australian landmark, but if people climb or drive up the rock and build up towns everywhere Uluru will not be the same in twenty years and future generations will not be able to visit national landmarks like Uluru.

Credits:

Created with images by Walkerssk - "uluru australia monolith" • walesjacqueline - "uluru ayers rock australia" • kenhodge13 - "Uluru/Ayers Rock in 1992" • TheCreativePenn - "Uluru By Day" • RBerteig - "Ayres Rock at Sunset"

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