Echidna Chasm, Purnululu National Park, Western Australia
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Echidna Chasm is an extremely deep and narrow slot canyon in Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles), Western Australia. The slot canyon over one mile, 3 feet wide in places and has vertical walls rise as high as 650 feet. There is a ladder in place to help visitors descend into the innermost part of the chasm.
It is a narrow gorge with bright orange walls and adorned with tall palms. Light reflects off the orange domes above and creates a fluorescent glow on the creek bed below.
Echidna Chasm was formed by a combination of tectonic forces, water entering the rock via fissures, and salt and ice that sped up the erosion.
The main tourist season is May through August.
WARNING: Slot canyons are particularly dangerous due to the risk of flash floods. Storms far away can send walls of water down the narrow canyons and hikers have been killed in such events. In many slot canyons, it can be miles before a safe exit or rescue is possible. Hikers should check conditions carefully and not rely on seeing the sky to judge the weather. If there is even a slight chance of rain, do not enter slot canyons.
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