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Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
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What and where
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It was named after the Premier of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers.

Uluru is the aboriginal name for Ayers Rock. It is one of Australia's most recognisable natural icons and is made of arkosic sandstone.

The world-renowned sandstone formation stands 348 m high, about 863 m above sea level with most of its bulk below the ground - extending down over 3.5 miles (5,632 m) beneath the surface. It measures about 9,400 m in circumference.

The giant rock changes color with the light and is stunning when the morning or afternoon sun strikes it turning it varying shades of red.

It is often reported that those visitors who take rocks from the formation will be cursed and suffer misfortune. There have been many instances where people who removed such rocks attempted to mail them back to various agencies in an attempt to remove the perceived curse.

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