Traveling Down Under- Day 9, Perth- Lake Clifton

by Camellia Staab February. 01, 2020 580 views

"To the Nyungars (Aboriginal people) of this region, Lake Clifton is a very special place. It is significant in culture and history, with stories passed from generation to generation. It is a place for yoka (women) and it tells the creation of the lake and thrombolites by the Waugal ( a mythological serpent that helped shape the land). "

"The thrombolites of Lake Clifton represent some of the earliest forms of life on earth, living, breathing rock-like structures more than 2000 years old. The thrombolites reef at Lake Clifton is the longest in the southern hemisphere 15km in length and widens to almost 120 m in parts. Thrombolites known as “Living Rocks” are microbial formations that have a clotted internal structure. They grow less than 1 mm a year. Thrombolites are rock-like and built by micro-organisms. When these microbes photosynthesize, they precipitate calcium carbonate (limestone), which creates the dome shaped thrombolites. Three hundred fifty million years ago thrombolites were the only known form of life on Earth. Microbes found in thrombolite formations are believed to be responsible for the first oxygen production which allowed life to exist on earth. The thrombolites of Lake Clifton are thought to be more than 2000 years old. "

In December 2009 the thrombolites were listed as critically endangered under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 3 months ago

The blues in this post are just beautiful! I saw Buster's comment below and was thinking the same thing. Very cool!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 3 months ago

I really don't think I have seen these clear blue hues  anywhere else. Florida occasionally has these similar skies but if the sky is blue the water is not as blue or vise versa, anyway real a place to sit and take in smile

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Russell Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

Beautiful location and beautiful water

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 3 months ago

Love these images. Thrombolites- being medical I think of a thrombus or thrombi as clot of some sort!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 3 months ago

I thought of thrombosis smile

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

Never heard of Thrombolites before. TFS

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

I hadn't either until I came to this area.

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Liz Happer 1 year, 3 months ago

Wow I didn't know that

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Camellia Staab Replied to Liz Happer 1 year, 3 months ago

Neither did I so we both learned something new smile

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Liz Happer Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 3 months ago

+1

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