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Copyright: Jan Stevens (piggum) (55)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-01-31
Categories: Desert
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-20 10:55
Viewed: 5306
Points: 2
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This photo I took when I was traveling in Australia in the first 3 months of 2003.
This is a part of the Breakaways Reserve in South Australia.

This unique region of ancient Australian outback, dates back over 70 million years ago, and features many flat-topped mesas, that at one stage in time would have been islands in a vast inland sea. ‘The Breakaways’ gets its name because from a distance, the features look like they have ‘broken away’ from the main range - the Stuart Ranges.

One of the hottest places in Australia, with summer temperatures often reaching 45°C, and ground temperatures reaching as high as 65°C. Despite the heat, there is a diverse community of flora and fauna that can be found in this harsh arid environment.

The whole area is rich in Aboriginal and European history. It is still a very important place to the local Aboriginal people. Take the time to learn read some of the stories, such as that of ‘Ungkata’ the bearded dragon, ‘Kalaya’ the emu and ‘Papa’ the two dogs.

The Breakaways is also a major movie filming location including Mad Max III - Beyond Thunderdome (Tina Turner and Mel Gibson), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Hugo Weaving, Terrance Stamp, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter), Ground Zero, and Pitch Black (Vin Diesel) being filmed in and around this scenic area. From here you can also trek to the ‘Dog Fence’ and then back to Coober Pedy, which is only about 25 kms away.
(Source: # http://www.ausemade.com.au # )

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  • omnia Silver Star Critiquer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-29 3:20]

Stunning! Great photo of this scenery, captures the isolation and desert environment really well.

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