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Its spectacular scenery includes landscapes of arresting beauty, with escarpments up to 330 meters high extending in a jagged and unbroken line for hundreds of kilometers.
The hunting-and-gathering tradition demonstrated in the art and archaeological record is a living anthropological tradition that continues today, which is rare for hunting-and-gathering societies worldwide.
The park is equivalent the size of Slovenia or nearly half of Switzerland!
The park was established in 1979 and was inscribed into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981.
I visited at the beginning of the dry season, which was a great time to view crocs on the river, but not so great for going to the waterfalls (the roads were closed).
Many of the outback scenes from the movie were shot in Kakadu National Park.
Australian and global comparisons indicate that the large number and diversity of features of anthropological, art and archaeological sites (many of which include all three site types), and the quality of preservation, is exceptional.
Many of the art and archaeological sites of the park are thousands of years old, showing a continuous temporal span of the hunting and gathering tradition from the Pleistocene Era until the present.
The oldest rocks in the area date from about 2.5 billion years ago.
There are several distinct landforms, including the Arnhem Land plateau and escarpment (known as “Stone Country”), which reaches heights of some 1,100 feet (330 metres); the Southern Hills and Basins, in the south of the park, which consist of alluvial plains and volcanic rock; the lowlands (Koolpinyah surface), a chain of undulating plains comprising about four-fifths of the park, which consist primarily of laterite soils; floodplains, which are rich in wildlife and plant life and which serve as a drainage area for the South Alligator, West Alligator, East Alligator, and Wildman rivers; estuaries and tidal flats that are covered with mangrove swamps; and areas (known as “outliers”) of the plateau that were once islands in an ancient sea.
The park is home to more than 1,600 plant species and some 10,000 different types of insects; there are also roughly 60 species of mammals, 280 species of birds, 120 species of reptiles, and 50 species of fish.
In 19, there were extensions to the area in Kakadu National Park that is covered by the heritage area.
The park is the largest terrestrial national park in the country and also contains the most productive uranium mines in the world – Ranger Uranium Mine.