Saturday, 27 January 2007
Off to the Back of Beyond
I recently rented a twin engined, 10 seater, Piper light aircraft to fly a group of friends to William Creek (Population, 4), in northern South Australia. On the way up, we flew over the "Marree Man", which is my photo, today.
The Marree Man, is a geoglyph discovered by air in 1988 and depicts an indigenous Australian man, of the Pitjantjatjata tribe, hunting animals with a throwing stick.
Lying 60 km west of Marree, the figure is 4.2 km high with a circumference of 15–28 km. It is the largest known geoglyph in the world and is estimated to have taken between four and eight weeks to create, but despite this, its origins are extremely mysterious, with not a single witness to any part of the massive operation.
The lines of the figure were 20–30 cm in depth at the time of discovery and up to 35 metres in width. It was made with a 2.5 metre wide, eight-tine plough which was attached to a tractor, with the lines needing as many as 14 passes. The tractor would have had to have travelled an estimated 400 km and used up more than 300 litres of fuel.
Check out (and thanks to) Wikipedia: "Marree Man".
The Google Earth Co-ords. are 29 32 11.05 south and 137 28 03,64 east