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Encyclopedia > Painted Desert (South Australia)
Mount Arkaringa in the Painted Desert

Created over 80 million years, the Painted Desert in South Australia, distinct from Painted Desert in Arizona is just as spectacular with its multi-hued terrain. The effects of erosion on the residue from an ancient inland sea and the leaching of minerals in the soil, together lend the myriad colors one sees today. Located towards the north-east of Coober Pedy, Painted Desert is just a few miles away from Arckaringa and is notable also for its distinctive mesas, mountains and geological formations. Not far from here on the way to Oodnadatta you would also see large areas of ground covered with mica. The entire region is desolate and made up of soft, fragile "rock". Image File history File linksMetadata Arkaringa. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Arkaringa. ... Capital Adelaide Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Marjorie Jackson-Nelson Premier Mike Rann (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 11  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $59,819 (5th)  - Product per capita  $38,838/person (7th) Population (End of September 2006)  - Population  1,558,200 (5th)  - Density  1. ... Painted Desert may refer to: Painted Desert, Arizona, the coloured badland hills in southwestern United States Painted Desert, South Australia, a mountainous area of mesas and colourful sands in south-central Australia the 1931 movie The Painted Desert This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Coober Pedy ( ), population 3,500, is a small town in northern South Australia, 846 kilometres north of Adelaide on the Stuart Highway. ... Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) is a current program that is building in schools around the United States. ... Oodnadatta, South Australia (27°32′ S 135°26′ E) is located in the heart of the desert 112 m above sea level, 1,011 km north of Adelaide. ... Rock with mica Mica sheet Mica flakes The mica group of sheet silicate minerals includes several closely related materials having highly perfect basal cleavage. ...


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