How was Hamersley Range formed?

How was Hamersley Range formed?

Hundreds of millions of years ago two vast land masses crashed together. As they collided the rocks crumpled and folded shaping this landscape. The edge of one of the landmasses was pushed upwards forming the Hamersley mountain range. The Hamersley is part of a landmass 3500 million years old.

What is Hamersley Province?

The Hamersley province is an indigenous territory located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (Morris, 1993). In the past, the Hamersley province was situated near a mid-ocean ridge, where much tectonic activity occurs (Morris, 1993).

Where is the Hamersley Ranges located?

Western Australia
Hamersley Range, mountains in the Pilbara region, northwestern Western Australia, extending east-southeast for 160 miles (260 km) south of the Fortescue River. Part of an ancient tableland broken by faults and gorges, the range terminates in rocky headlands and coral islets at the Indian Ocean.

Where does the Pilbara start?

The Pilbara region covers an area of 502,000 square kilometres in the north of Western Australia and includes the Shires of Ashburton, Roebourne, East Pilbara and the Town of Port Hedland. It extends from the Indian Ocean coast to the Northern Territory border.

Who named the Hamersley Ranges?

explorer Francis Thomas Gregory
The range was named on 12 June 1861 by explorer Francis Thomas Gregory after Edward Hamersley, a prominent promoter of his exploration expedition to the northwest. Juukan Gorge lies within the ranges, as does Karijini National Park (formerly known as Hamersley Range National Park).

Where do scientists think all the iron in the Hamersley Ranges came from?

These are sedimentary rocks, which scientists think were formed more than two billion years ago when oxygen released by blue-green algae combined with the large amount of iron dissolved in seawater to form iron oxides that eventually settled in thin layers on the muddy ocean floor.

Who owns Hamersley Iron?

Rio Tinto
Pilbara Iron/Parent organizations

Why is it called the Pilbara?

The Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre Wangka Maya says that the name for the Pilbara region derives from the Aboriginal word bilybara, meaning “dry” in the Nyamal and Banyjima languages.

What does Pilbara mean in Aboriginal?

PILBARA – Aboriginal word meaning “mullet” it was first applied to Pilbara Creek because of the fish found there. KARRATHA – Aboriginal word, meaning “good country” or “soft earth”. DAMPIER – William Dampier, Buccaneer and explorer who explored the North West Coast in 1699.

What did karijini used to be called?

Hamersley Range
Karijini (formerly Hamersley Range) National Park is the 2nd largest national park in WA covering 627,422 hectares and is ranked in the top 5 visitor experiences for the state.

Do you need a 4WD for karijini?

You do not need a 4WD (or 4×4) to visit Karijini but it is recommended! If you had a 2WD car make sure you drink extra slow and carefully.

How did the Hamersley Range get its name?

The Hamersley Range is a mountainous region of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The range was named on 12 June 1861 by explorer Francis Thomas Gregory after Edward Hamersley, a prominent promoter of his exploration expedition to the northwest. The range runs from the Fortescue River in the northeast, 460 km to the south.

Where are the Hamersley Mountains in Western Australia?

Hamersley Range in the Pilbara region of the Australian Shield, in Western Australia.Richard Woldendorp/Photo Index. The range is important for its minerals, particularly iron ore.

Where are the Hamersley Ranges in the Pilbara?

The Hamersley Ranges are located within the majestic Karijini National Park, four and a half hours’ drive south of Port Hedland. Features of the Ranges are the spectacular gorges dating back 2000 million years, carved by the waters of the Fortescue and other rivers.

What kind of rocks are in the Hamersley Range?

In the Karijini National Park, originally called the Hamersley Ranges National Park, there are iron deposits in the 2.5 billion-year-old bedrock. Most of the rocks of the range are conglomerates, shales and quartzites, but with thick layers of blue asbestos and iron.