This park, formerly called Uluru (Ayers Rock – Mount Olga) National Park, features spectacular geological formations that dominate the vast, red sandy plain of central Australia. Uluru, the second largest monolith on Earth, and Kata Tjuta, the rock domes located west of Uluru, form part of the traditional belief system of one of the oldest human societies in the world. The traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta are the Anangu aboriginal people. Uluru is a dark brown spot near the lower edge of the image. Kata Tjuta (many heads) or Olgas, is 30 kilometres to the west, where the rock domed structure of the entire mountain range is evident. Lake Amadeus salt lake is at the northern edge of this satellite image; its blue colour is due to the choice of a wavelength range beyond that of visible light.
The image was taken on 12 July 1999 by the satellite Landsat-7 / ETM+ and has a resolution of 30 metres. It covers an area of 70 by 140 kilometres.
Credit: GLCF / DLR.