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Learn about the history of Uluru also known as Ayres Rock in Australia with iMinds Travel's insightful fast knowledge series. Uluru is the indigenous Australian name for an enormous rock formation found in central Australia. Made from sandstone Uluru is a rock monolith or an 'island mountain' a formation that geologists refer to as a monadnock. It stands 318 m (986 ft) high and has a circumference of 8 km (5 miles). It is located 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest rural centre the large town of Alice Springs. The site was first mapped by Europeans in 1872 during the construction of the Australian Overland Telegraph Line that linked the northern settlement of Darwin to Port Augusta in South Australia. Uluru was originally named Mount Olga by Ernest Giles. On a separate expedition in 1870 the explorer William Gosse renamed the formation Ayers Rock in honour of the Chief Secretary of South Australia Sir Henry Ayers. The name was made official until 1992 when it was renamed Uluru/Ayers Rock as an official dual title honouring both the European and Aboriginal names. Uluru is as Ernest Giles referred to it in 1872 the world's "most remarkable pebble".iMinds will tell you the story behind the place with its innovative travel series transporting the armchair traveller or getting you in the mood for discover on route to your destination. iMinds brings targeted knowledge to your eReading device with short information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.

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