Badtjala coloured sands
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|The aboriginal people of Thoorgine / K'gari (Fraser Island) are known as the Badtjala people.|
They have lived on Thoorgine and adjacent mainland areas for many of thousands of years. Their society maintains close links with the surrounding landscape and cultural heritage sites of significance can be found throughout Thoorgine! By the early part of the twentieth century, however, most of the Badtjala population had been massacred by white settlers and the survivors removed to Christian missions on the island or the mainland.
These coloured sands were created at the dawn of time, along with us the Badtjala people. We have lived here since the actions of our ancestral being created the island and all of its natural plants animals and features!
The Coloured Sands
Thoorgine, in keeping with other World Heritage areas, offers natural and cultural features of the greatest interest. Thoorgine is a direct product of marine and wind action, and an indirect product of river and glacial action, over the past million years or so. Vegetation has stabilised the sand mass, and plants and animals have developed relationships with the island's physical features. Since its deposition as layered sand dunes, the soil has evolved considerably.Part of the World Heritage value of Thoorgine (and nearby Cooloola) is the duration of the coastal processes at work. Dune formation processes (along with soil change and forest development) have taken place over 700,000 years, longer than anywhere else on earth. In areas, deposits of minerals and organic materials became concentrated with sand deposits, hardening in places, and subsequently being eroded by marine and wind action (and possibly also by animal and/or human influences). The dark colour of the sands shown suggests a high level of organic matter or a concentration of dark minerals.
Coastal sand masses of southern Queensland Fraser Island (pdf)
World Heritage (pdf)
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Very pictural rock formations. Info documented and very useful.
- [2005-05-16 2:49]
Wonderful shot Patrice!
It's an unusual and very nice composition.DOF,details and lighting are perfect.TFS...
Very pleasing capture. The colors and details are well managed. Interesting subject material.