Macdonnell Ranges

Macdonnell Ranges
Mountain system, south-central Northern Territory, Australia.

Extending east and west of the town of Alice Springs for some 250 mi (400 km), its highest peak is Mount Ziel (4,954 ft [1,510 m]). The mountains were first explored in 1860 by John McDouall Stuart and were named after Richard Macdonnell, governor of South Australia.

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      mountain system in south central Northern Territory, Australia, a series of bare quartzite and sandstone parallel ridges that rise from a plateau 2,000 ft (600 m) above sea level and extend east and west of the town of Alice Springs for about 230 mi (380 km). They reach a maximum elevation of 4,954 ft at Mt. Ziel and are the source of the Finke, Todd, and Plenty rivers and Ellery Creek. Some streams have carved spectacular gorges (Simpson Gap, Standley Chasm) that contain luxuriant vegetation. One striking feature is the coloration of the stone, which constantly varies as the direction of the sun changes. The MacDonnells are the best watered district in central Australia. They were explored in 1860 by the Scot John McDouall Stuart and were named after Sir Richard MacDonnell, governor of South Australia (1855–62). In 1872 the Overland Telegraph Line was built across the ranges through Heavitree Gap near Alice Springs.

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