November 19th, 2008
Lightning in all directions electrified the skies last night! What a lightshow!
Click here for a film clip taken from the Chapel bridge of lightning striking the northern horizon. The footage is slowed down to a tenth of the actual speed.
Footage by Anne-Maree Taranto
November 12th, 2008
Images: Left – amt; Right – Starman
November 3rd, 2008
More photos of life and times in the Flinders Ranges in the community Copley Image Gallery. If you have some photos to include, please send them in.
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October 26th, 2008
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Australia Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) have purchased the Kalamurina Ranch, which provides a critical 1.65 million acre corridor between the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve directly to the north, and the Lake Eyre National Park to the south.The Macumbah River and Kallakoopah Creek converge with the Warburton River on Kalamurina before flowing into Lake Eyre – the largest lake in Australia. The groups involved will be minimising human impact and removing feral herbivores and predators that impede the habitats and populations of several endangered and vulnerable animals.
September 22nd, 2008
Greens MLC Mark Parnell will again try to ban mining in the iconic Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary by introducing this week a Private Members Bill into State Parliament.
“The announcement today of the discovery by University of Melbourne researchers of a 650 million year old ancient underwater reef only 6 km from Arkaroola emphasises just how precious this area is,” Mr Parnell said.
“Some places are just too valuable to mine, and Arkaroola is clearly one of those,” he said.
Mark Parnell recently visited the Sanctuary to see first hand the damage caused by Marathon Resources, the company caught by police illegally dumping waste in shallow pits, and vandalising a unique rocky outcrop listed on the Register of the National Estate. The cleanup of the damage has yet to commence, while drilling activities have been suspended.
September 22nd, 2008
The Oodnaminta Reef discovery is being outlined at the Geological Society of Australia’s (Victoria Division) Selwyn Symposium 2008, at the University of Melbourne, Thursday 25 September. Details of the Symposium follow the media release.
In what is a major international discovery, three Australian scientists have located the upturned remnants of what was once a giant underwater reef – with an escarpment ten times higher than the Great Barrier Reef – in the Northern Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia.
The reef is about 650 million years old and is the only known reef complex of this age anywhere in the world. The next closest aged series of reefs found to-date are around 800 million years old and located in Arctic Canada.
And while they are yet to confirm it scientifically, the scientists – Mr Jonathan Giddings, Associate Professor Malcolm Wallace and Ms Estee Woon from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne – believe that peculiar fossils of possible multi-cellular organisms found in the reef could be the earliest examples of primitive animal life discovered to-date.
September 2nd, 2008
Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) – 2008 Statement
The 2008 Alliance meeting was held on Limilngan country near the Mary River, in the top end of the Northern Territory from August 29-31. The meeting was attended by representatives and traditional custodians of the Larrakia, Wulna, Arrernte, Warlpiri, Pitjantjatjara, Pambalong Clan from Kattung Nation, Wiradjeri, Arabunna, Adnyamathanha, Kokatha Mula and Kokatha Nations, and by representatives of the Top End Aboriginal Conservation Alliance, Arid Lands Environment Centre, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Medical Association for Prevention of War, Friends of the Earth, Australian Conservation Foundation, Environment Centre of the NT, Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition, Australian Greens, Queensland Nuclear Free Alliance, Australian Students Environment Network, No Waste Alliance, Beyond Nuclear Initiative, and Mineral Policy Institute.
The meeting celebrated 11 years of solidarity and effective resistance to the nuclear industry in Australia. Alliance members reaffirmed their commitment to continue active campaigning for a nuclear free Australia and agreed on a range of plans and strategies for the coming year. The meeting elected an Alliance Committee to increase capacity to effectively campaign for a nuclear-free future. The Alliance committed to work towards global peace and building a broad alliance to end the nuclear chain. Meeting participants agreed on the following statements:
July 30th, 2008
Copley skies never cease to amaze and here is another fascinating instance of Flinders Ranges magic, captured by Di. What do you think it is?
July 19th, 2008
Extraordinary striated cloud cover over the Northern Flinders made for a stunning show of full moon last night. Gina captured this moment of the moonlight over Maynards, more pics in the Copley Image Gallery.