Travelling Australia
Painted Desert
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Colourful, but desolate, view across the Arckaringa flood plain from Mount Batterbee (this appears to be a local name for the lookout more formally described as 'the lookout east of Mt Arckaringa'). The large outcrop is composed of mainly white coloured clay which is being weathered. The brown areas are broken silcrete pieces formerly part of the cap layer protecting clay from weathering. Once the silcrete layer fractured, probably during earth movement, weathering agents began removing the underlying material and breaking up the silcrete.
11 June 2009, Painted Desert, Mt Batterbee, 27° 53' 44"S, 134° 51' 10"E, 196 metres elevation. SA.