Karijini National Park
|Karijini National Park|
Looking towards Red Gorge from Oxers lookout
|Nearest town or city||Tom Price|
|Area||6,274.42 km2 (2,422.6 sq mi)|
|Visitation||166,000 (in 2009)|
|Managing authorities||Department of Environment and Conservation (Western Australia)|
|Website||Karijini National Park|
Karijini National Park is a National Park centred in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region in northwestern Western Australia (Australia). It is just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, approximately 1,055 kilometres (656 mi) from the State's capital city, Perth. It was formerly known as Hamersley National Park.
At 627,442 hectares (1,550,440 acres), it is the second largest national park in Western Australia (Karlamilyi National Park is larger).
The park is served by the Solomon Airport, located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) westwards.
A party led by explorer F.T. Gregory explored the area in 1861. He named the Hamersley Range, on which the park is centred, after his friend Edward Hamersley.
The park is located in the Pilbara region, and is mostly tropical semi-arid climate. In summer, thunderstorms and cyclones are common, bringing 250–350 mm of rain annually. Temperatures on summer days frequently exceed 40 degrees Celsius, while winter nights can bring frost.
- Banded iron formation (BIF) - Brockman iron formation 
- Dolomite - Wittenoom dolomite 
- Shale - Mount McRae Shale 
- Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report. Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010. p. 48. ISSN 1835-114X.
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- Padgett, Allan (1991) Karijini National Park - description of some of the more remote gorges. Landscope, Vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 1991), pp. 16–21
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