Bungle Bungle

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Bungle Bungle


The sandstone terrain was eroded into beehive-forms in the last 20 million years by fierce winds and flash floods.


The gray and black bands get their hue from a lichen fungus (with the help of algae).

The orange layers are less porous to water. Because fungi need water, those layers are poor hosts to them. Therefore, instead of being blackened by lichen, they are colored by orange-hued silica crystalline compounds.


The sandstone mounds appear hard, but are fragile and easily crumbled, so scaling them is prohibited.


Bungle Bungle is the name for a portion of the Purnululu National Park that contains the remarkable rock landforms.

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