© Dan Avila via BBC Travel
- crust /kruhst/
- fizz /fiz/
- arid /AR-id/
- gorge /gawrj/
- striated /STRAHY-ey-tid/
[noun] – the outer layer of the earth
Earthquakes damage the earth’s crust.
[verb] – if a liquid fizzes, it produces a lot of bubbles and makes a continuous s sound
I can’t drink the lemonade yet. It’s still fizzing.
[adjective] – (of land or weather) having little rain; very dry
The desert has become too arid that nothing can grow there anymore.
[noun] – a deep, narrow valley with steep sides, usually formed by a river or stream cutting through hard rock
The deep gorge separates two large regions
[adjective] – having long, thin lines, marks, or strips of color
The stone’s striated surface brings out its natural beauty.
The Pilbara is home to stromatolites, the fossilized evidence of the Earth’s oldest lifeforms that date back to roughly 3.6 billion years ago. The region’s huge formations of iron-rich rock declared by scientists to be the best-preserved example of the world’s most ancient crust existed before the beginning of oxygen and life itself. Stromatolites are found on Pilbara rock, so old that it has no fossils within its structure. Surprisingly, the world’s largest living stromatolites system is still surviving and fizzing in the hypersaline bay of Hamlin Pool at Shark Bay just south of the Pilbara. It is one of just two places on Earth where living marine stromatolites exist. Despite its appearance as a semi-arid desert, the Pilbara has one of the world’s most magnificent national parks. The surreal splendor of Karijini National Park is found deep within its ancient gorges and sheer-sided chasms, where spectacular waterfalls and crystal-clear waterholes are nestled among the striated granite carved out of the ground by billions of years of erosion.
The Pilbara’s appeal stems from its long history. There are no crowds, fences, buildings, or other modern-day sightings; just an ancient site with guardians who invite you to embark on your path of exploration.
- What is the most beautiful region you have been to/have seen? Please tell me more about it.
- Kindly enumerate famous tourist spots in your country and share what they are famous for.
- If given the chance, would you visit the Pilbara? Why or why not?
- Should the Australian government promote the Pilbara to boost the country’s tourism?
- Would you rather visit a modern-day city or an ancient region like the Pilbara? Please explain your answer.