Stampedes, jump-ups, dust – it’s a whole lot of gibber!

Today we drove over 110km of dirt road to the Lark Quarry Conservation Park to see evidence of a dinosaur stampede 95 million years ago. Apparently, small dinosaurs were drinking at a lake when they were chased by a large, carnivorous dinosaur. The resulting 3300 footprints have been excavated and are conserved in an award-winning, ecologically sustainable complex, set in spectacular countryside.

A jump up is the local name for a flat hill or mesa. Those around here are of red earth with the sides dotted with spinifex clumps. Much of the surrounding flat land is iron rich stony plains known as gibber.

We are still in channel country and there are also flood plains of fine silt which turns into spectacular dust when disturbed by vehicles.

Finally, I’ve included a photo of the dry river beds, where eucalypts and acacias grow.





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