Posts Tagged ‘rain

The changing face of Uluru

Oct 16, 2010 | Discuss

The changing face of Uluru

Uluru revealed a rarely seen side this week. Visitors will have noted the seemingly infinite grooves carved into the rock surface from millennia of erosion caused by wind and water. According to Tjukurpa – the worldview of Indigenous people from the area – many of the formations on Uluru were created by ancestral beings and forms part of Creation. Yesterday The ABC reported an unusual spectacle: all these grooves have transformed into waterfalls after heavy rains, turning Uluru a sh...Read more

Rains give life to threatened plant

Oct 13, 2010 | Discuss

Rains give life to threatened plant

The dwarf desert spike-rush is a wetlands sedge-like plant found in the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory. It is currently listed as a vulnerable species by the Federal Government. However, the ABC is reporting that a NRETAS botanist, Angus Duguid, has found a new population in the wild at Ringwood Swamp about 100km east of Alice Springs. The dwarf desert spike-rush, he goes on to say, can lie dormant for years until good enough rains bring it back to life....Read more

Beware the Eastern brown

Oct 02, 2010 | Discuss

Beware the Eastern brown

Alice Springs and its surrounds are known to be home to a great diversity of reptiles. You usually don’t need to spend long in the centre before you have a close encounter of the scaly kind. However, according to this ABC report, the recent rains may have improved your chances of running into our reptilian neighbours in town, especially the deadly Eastern Brown Snake (pictured left). According to an earlier report from 2008, this seems partly because the rain increases the number of insect...Read more

Have you ever seen the rain?

Dec 27, 2009 | 4 Comments

Have you ever seen the rain?

Alice Springs was on the verge of putting its driest year on record to bed when the Weather Bureau forecast a wet Christmas. But not everyone was bitterly disappointed by the lack of rain. Old-timer Max Stuart issued his own unequivocal forecast during an interview a day before the rain was due....Read more