The devils marbles are large granitic boulders that form the exposed top layer of an extensive and mostly underground granite formation.
What does the devils marbles look like.
The devils marbles are an iconic landmark in australia s outback.
These processes together are thus called spheroidal or onionskin weathering.
We ve all seen the photos of someone surfing on one of the marbles or someone else holding one in their hand you know those big red boulders that are somewhere in the outback.
A dreaming story says the devil man created these features when he left twirled clusters of hair on the ground that became round boulders.
The sizes vary massively and some are still more rectangular than others.
The devils marbles are a collection of massive granite boulders strewn across a valley south of tennant creek.
The outer skins eventually cracked and fell off rounding the boulders so they look like peeling onions.
The local indigenous australians call the region karlu karlu round boulders and consider it a sacred site.
Walking around the devils marbles my mind wandered as it often does at places like this to what it must have been like being an aboriginal or even an early western explorer and coming across these for the first time.
Karlu karlu these are great granite boulders that have been strewn across a flat valley commonly known as the devil s marbles.
Standing at up to 6 metres high and formed over millions of years they continue to crack and change.
The natural processes of weathering and erosion have created the various shapes of the boulders.
The name is quite unfair suggesting that this place has been created by a hellish being to trick the weary outback traveller or to give them the wrong impression of safety.
The devils marbles or karlu karlu as they are known by the local warumungu aboriginals are a collection of huge red rounded granite boulders.
For the local aboriginal people the devils marbles or karlu karlu are a key part of the creation story.
The devils marbles are one of those legendary outback places that everyone wants to visit and take a photo.
Back then they had none of that.
It is a sacred site for them and the reserve is actually considered to be a dangerous area for many aboriginal men and women.
The net result is the piles of perched and rounded granite boulders or tors.
Actually they vary in size from 50 cm up to six metres across and they are strewn across a large area.
They blew my mind even though i had a vague understanding of why and how they were here.