Great Sandy-Tanami Deserts

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Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia.
© WWF-Canon / Martin HARVEY
What
The Great Sandy Desert is an area of uninhabited wilderness, where high red sand dunes extend in parallel rows for miles together.

Where
Located in north-western Australia, the Great Sandy Desert is a vast, flat expanse between the rocky ranges of the Pilbara and the Kimberley.

To its east lies the Tanami Desert, which has a rocky terrain with small hills. Like all Australian deserts, they receive limited, sporadic rainfall and are covered with sparse vegetation.

Area
Together they cover an area of about 12,61,000 sq. km.

Why
Apart from the imense and stark majesty of the deserts, the most enchanting feature of this region is Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), which is the summit of a buried sandstone hill.

It is 346 m high and 8 km (5 miles) around. It is revered as a holy place by the Aboriginal people.

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987.

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