The Wollangambe Plateau

The Wollangambe Plateau region. Credit: Garry Maxfield.

Apr 8, 2019

Scientific theories, which, at best, are only assumptions, can always be gazumped by observable facts.

Down the east coast of Australia runs a 3500-kilometre-long mountain chain.The Great Dividing Range, as it is known, peaks at just over 1200 metres. Wollangambe Plateau is an area North of Katoomba that is unique, because it consists of straight cut valleys that look as though they have been scoured clean.

Wollangambe Crater, Gooches Crater, along with the unusual rotating pattern of The Grose Valley are located there. However, there is one more unusual feature that is unique to this area: pagodas.

The pagodas are unusual because they are sandstone laced through with ironstone, sometimes in layers, sometimes in waves and sometimes in tubular formations. Also unique is that where pagodas are next to each other the layers of ironstone do not coincide with the layers of the nearest pagoda; even from one side of a pagoda to the other. They are not formed by weathered sedimentary deposits as theory would dictate, but are individually formed.

Next to the pagodas there is always a canyon; and if you look carefully you will see that they have their anomalies, as well. In some sections of canyon wall there are smooth orange surfaces of sandstone. Some of those surfaces reveal layers of ironstone coming out of the cliff face. If the formations were sedimentary deposits, the layers would continue through the plateau. Strangely, though, layers of ironstone only penetrate the cliff face a short distance. In this image, the section with the ironstone layers has cleaved off the face of the cliff. The adjacent cliff face contains no trace of ironstone.

Some pagodas appear to be melted near their bottoms, while other are melted on their tops. The exposed sandstone in the cliffs is not affected by whatever melted the pagodas.

Little respect is paid to the role of plasma and electric arcs shaping Earth’s geology. Electricity can cut a trench in metal or a canyon; it’s just a matter of scale. Theories require observable facts, not the other way around.

Garry Maxfield

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