Beginning 190,000 years ago, Undara Volcano in far north Queensland erupted, not with a bang but a long, seething gush of lava. Undara disgorged a colossal 23 cu.km of molten mayhem. It spread across the plains and filled ancient river valleys to the brim. Over time, the lava atop these deeper valleys cooled to form a dark, hard crust. Meanwhile, below decks, the liquid lava kept surging downstream. In essence, as it moved on, the lava fabricated its own insulated pipeline. By the time Undara was a spent force its farthest run had travelled 160km. In recent geology, no other single volcano on Earth has a longer lava flow. Visitors can see the remnants of the lava pipeline at Undara Volcanic National Park. Nearby the limestone formations of Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park and the distinct sandstone ravines of the region are also a delight to geology lovers.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a DSLR camera mounted on a drone. Veteran AG photographer Andrew Gregory has taken rare photos of normally inaccessible views of Sydney Harbour using drone technology. Drones or Remote-Piloted Aircraft (RPA) were originally designed for military operations and navigation but are now providing photographers with unique angles and never-before-seen birds-eye views. See the full story in #125 of Australian Geographic.
Straddling the ephemeral Todd River, Alice Springs is the second largest town in the Northern Territory and the geographical heart of Australia, or as locals are given to saying, “the town closest to every beach in Oz”. In reality, it’s 1200km as the crow flies to the nearest ocean and about 1500km to the closest major cities, Adelaide and Darwin. It has a population of approximately 28,000, 12 per cent of the NT’s population.
Aussies mixed protests with mini-skirts during this swirling melting-pot of an era. Whether you remember it or not most people declare that the sixties began in the US and Britain in 1963 and died in 1974. It was an era characterised by huge changes to daily life as technology penetrated homes and our the social fabric was torn apart and sewn back together as a mini-skirt. Ron and Elizabeth Morrison where some of the first ’60s freelance news photographers in Australia, and here are some images from their book Those Were the Days: Australia in the sixties.