Rock outcrop, southwestern Northern Territory, Australia. Called Uluru by the Australian Aborigines and located in Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park, it is 1,100 ft (335 m) high and may be the world's largest monolith. Its arkosic sandstone changes colour according to the height of the sun. Shallow caves at the base of the rock are sacred to several Aboriginal tribes and contain carvings and paintings. In 1985 ownership of Uluru/Ayers Rock was officially returned to the Aborigines. The park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
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