Devils Marbles

One of the icons of Outback Australia.

Camping is allowed at Devils Marbles but it is bleak proposition.  Better to see this unusual and dramatic display of million of years of erosion on the way through to somewhere else.

As one would expect of this icon of the Outback it gets very busy.


It is posited that the Devils Marbles were formed when an upsurge of molten rock cooled and became solid beneath a layer of softer sandstone. Vertical and horizontal fractures formed in the solidifying granite, creating rectangular blocks. Over many millions of years water in the fissures and fractures broke down the sandstone, and then the granite. This resulted in the rounded granite boulders perched on top of each other that can be seen today.



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