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Bungling About

Ancient and odd sandstone structures make up the Bungle Bungles.

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, April 2, 2013/Categories: natural history, photography, adventure

I've always loved the name, Bungle Bungles . The name sounds like something only Dr. Seuss could have invented for one of his fantastical kids books. The odd geologic structures know as the Bungle Bungle Ranges are part of a nearly 1000 square mile national park in the far away Kimberley region of Western Australia. They are not easy to get into.

According to a new photograph captured by the space station, a large meteor crater was observed within  Purnululu National Park in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is thought to have been formed about 360 million years ago. The ~5 mile wide crater forms a circular plateau within the conical towers of the Bungle Bungle Ranges.

Purnululu National Park and Bungle Bungle Ranges, Western Australia (credit: NASA)

A closer photographic impression is provided by this ground level view of the ancient redrock landscape declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Sandstone Towers, Bungle Bungles (credit:UNESCO)

Someday, I will capture my own perspective of this remarkable and remote landscape.


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