They were a complete mystery for years until someone must have talked to the right person and learned that they were a kind of track border, perhaps to the next aboriginal village or an intervening sacred place. This is located along the Anne Beadell, from Perth to Coober.
But let’s look at several rock formations around the country and see what can be made of them, whether we know the symbolism or just fancy an explanation, it’s the imagination that counts in this exercise.
Wave Rock, one of the most famous landmarks in Western Australia, is located near Hyden, a small town 350 km east of Perth. Resembling a giant wave just about to break, Wave Rock is 15 meters high and 110 meters long. It formed 60 million years ago, through chemical weathering of the granite, below Earth’s surface. So it’s a metamorphic sample, in the schist stage (remember?) when Mother Nature cleaned her up.
Makes you wish for a set of jeweler’s tools to operate on this Crocoite, Pb(CrO4) It’s in the sedimentary class, so it wouldn’t be too difficult to fashion something mysterious with it. It’s just that sort of color. Can’t tell though; this one is under a microscope.
How’s That Again?
“Tidal erosion in the Bay of Fundy has cut these lopsided rock fins, sometimes called the Flowerpot Rocks. Sedimentary conglomerate and sandstone are no match to the ocean’s persistency, which submerges the base of these formations twice a day.”
Even with the explanation for the formation, “Traveling Girl” doesn’t give us a clue as to how it got here. How can its isolation be explained? Kind of makes me think of Mom and Pop leaning together with the kids and pet sporting about their knees.
The Pinnacles, in Nambung National Park, have been holding this meeting for thousands of years. We might know what the meeting is about if we had an agenda… As it is, we can only hold climate responsible for this strange formation. The sculptural quality is rather compelling and can possibly lend itself to a design arrangement.
“Uluru is an inselberg, or island mountain—a large sandstone rock formation. Called “The Heart and Soul of Australia,” of all the places on Earth, this has got to be one of the most compelling rock formations.
Still More Fascinating:
Not only from above, but beneath, with its underground connection to its sister formation, Kata Tjuta, that rises some 35 miles away. From Wikipedia: ” These domed rock formations are composed of conglomerate, a sedimentary rock consisting of cobbles and boulders of varying rock types including granite and basalt, cemented by a matrix of sandstone.” No doubt the various depths and pressures created this variety of rock types and shapes. Mother Nature at her best…Look at all the layers; and just one becomes visible? There’s the mystery.
Would it make an interesting project to trace the connection on the surface using the “tracking stones” as the aborigine have along Anne Beadell?