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Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park • Images
Ancient sand dunes
You can see examples of cross-bedding in the beehive-like domes on top of the range. They are evidence that the Mereenie Sandstone was originally sand dunes.

Cross-bedding is very common in rocks that originated as desert sand dunes. The wind deposited sand in different directions over a period of time.

Cross bedding can also be seen in tidal environments but the layers are much thinner.

From dunes to rock
Central Australia was a windswept plain covered with sand dunes 400 million years ago. A huge amount of sand accumulated.

The region gradually subsided under all the weight, compressing and compacting the bottom layers. Silica-rich water inundated the sand and cemented the grains together.

Source: Parks and Wildlife Service NT - Kings Canyon signage

Images from Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park

Images from Kings Canyon / Watarrka National Park
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