Mann Ranges

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Mann Ranges
Highest point
Elevation1,050 m (3,440 ft)
Coordinates26°03′42″S 130°07′21″E / 26.0616°S 130.1225°E / -26.0616; 130.1225Coordinates: 26°03′42″S 130°07′21″E / 26.0616°S 130.1225°E / -26.0616; 130.1225
LocationCentral Australia

The Mann Ranges are mountain ranges in central Australia. They are in the far northwest of South Australia, with a small section running over the border into the Northern Territory. Tha ranges are part of the geological region known as the Musgrave Block, which also includes the Petermann and Musgrave Ranges. Mountains in this region were formed in the Petermann Orogeny (600–550 million years ago).[1]

This area is part of the traditional country of the Pitjantjatjara nation. They associate it with spiritual stories about Wati Ngiṉṯaka (the perentie lizard man), a creation spirit from the Dreamtime. He is said to have created the landforms while travelling through the area during the Dreamtime. His route forms a network of songlines that are spiritually important to native people. The largest communities in the area are Kaṉpi and Nyapaṟi.

The first European person to visit the area was William Gosse in 1873. With the help of local Aboriginal people, Gosse and his team explored the Mann Ranges after seeing the range from the top of Uluṟu. From the Mann Ranges, he went west to the Tomkinson Ranges, but turned back rather than trying to cross the Great Victoria Desert. He came back to the Mann Ranges and then went eastward to the Musgrave Ranges.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hallett, Lachlan; Collins, Alan and Hand, Martin. "Structural and metamorphic evolution of rocks in the Mann Ranges". Deciphering the tectonic history of the Musgrave Block to assist mineral explorers and regional synthesis programs. University of Adelaide, Continental Evolution Research Group. Retrieved 18 March 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. "William Christie Gosse". Taking it to the edge. Government of South Australia, State Library. Retrieved 18 March 2013.