By The West Macs
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A relatively short and easy drive from Alice Springs, Standley Chasm (Angkerle) cuts through the tough sandstone to form a picturesque natural alleyway. Surging flood waters over thousands of years are responsible for this beautiful site, which is at its most impressive in the middle of a sunny day. As the light shifts across the cleft, visitors are treated to a magnificent display of colours and forms. The reliable trickle of water has ensured the survival of species from a time when Central Australia was a lusher place.
||Pioneering Central Australian Teacher (Image copyright: National Trust)||STANDLEY CHASM Ida Standley was the first, and for 15 years the only government-appointed teacher in Central Australia.||31 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Peg Nelson remembers Ida Standley (Image citation: Keryl Evans)||STANDLEY CHASM The canny Ida Standley had a knack for getting children through their exams.||30 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Strehlow at Jay Creek||STANDLEY CHASM Nearby to Standley Chasm some pioneering work was done on studying the languages and culture of the Arrarnta people.||29 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Urrpara - The Magpie||ALL LOCATIONS Magpies love to have a morning gossip.||28 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Enarlanga - Echidna||ALL LOCATIONS The Enarlanga (Echidna) is a source of food and medicine.||27 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Karra-arra - Red Kangaroo||ALL LOCATIONS Red Kangaroos are fat and good to eat!||26 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rock Art circa 1970||STANDLEY CHASM The Jay Creek area displays a more modern approach to Aboriginal rock art.||25 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Wallaby and Cycads (Image copyright: John Lipp)||ALL LOCATIONS Protecting the Black-footed Rock-wallaby also aids the survival of the Cycads they feed on.||24 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|