Nullarbor Plain

geographical feature in Western Australia and South Australia
Nullarbor is the light tan semi-circular area near the coastline, 2002
Murrawijinie cave system seen from inside. It is a karst system, formed by water running through the limestone. Murrawijinie means "bloody hands": the caves were used by indigenous people who left their ochre hand stencils on the cave walls

Nullarbor Plain (Latin: nullus, "no", and arbor, "tree") is an area of flat, dry land in southern Australia on the coastline of the Great Australian Bight.

It is the world's largest single piece of limestone, and occupies an area of about 200,000 square kilometres (77,000 sq mi).[1] At its widest point, it stretches about 1,100 kilometres (684 mi) from east to west between South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA). The name comes from the Latin words meaning "no trees".

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Across the Nullarbor Plain". Kevin's Wilderness Journeys. 7 June 2004. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007.

Further readingEdit

  • Bolam, A. G. (Anthony Gladstone), 1893–1966. The trans-Australian wonderland Melbourne : Modern Printing, (many editions in the early 20th century)
  • Edmonds, Jack (1976) Nullarbor crossing : with panorama photographs by Brian Gordon. Perth. West Australian Newspapers, Periodicals Division. ISBN 0-909699-09-7

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Nullarbor at Wikimedia Commons