Kimberley Rock Textures

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me when walking around the Kimberley is the amazing array of colours and textures worn into the sand stone.

On this particular morning Christian Fletcher, Jenny Fletcher and myself spent a good hour cruising around a beach in Swift Bay picking out textures and colours that the years of erosion had created for us to view.

I decided to put these together as a compilation.

Kimberley Sand Stone Layers

This area is around the corner from the famous Horizontal Waterfalls and is an excellent example of the timeless Kimberley geology.

The origin of the rocks that make up the landscape of the Kimberley is very complex.
Volcanic activity with outpourings of lava has formed basalt, while intrusions of magma (molten rock) beneath the land’s surface have formed granites and dolerites – now exposed in places by erosion.
Sediments weathered from rocks have accumulated in immense basins producing sedimentary rocks such as sandstone, conglomerate and siltstone.

The subsequent retreat of the sea and the uplifting of the land now belie their origins. Movements within the earth’s crust have buried volcanic and sedimentary rocks at depths of up to 20 kilometres in the Earth’s crust and the resultant heat and pressure have produced metamorphic rocks such as schist and gneiss.

The result is what we are looking at here, these multi coloured layers that rise up out of the ocean!