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Tomkinson Ranges
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Coordinates: 26°11′27″S129°07′31″E / 26.190936°S 129.125268°E / -26.190936; 129.125268 The Tomkinson Ranges is a mountain range in the northwest corner of South Australia. The range consists of sandstone hills, surrounded by spinifex grasslands. The range was named after politician Samuel Tomkinson (1816–1900) by the explorer William Gosse in the early 1870s. [1] Ernest Giles and his team reached the ranges shortly after, and established a base from which to explore the Gibson and Great Victoria Deserts. Numerous prospecting expeditions were made through the region until the 1930s. [2]

Geographic coordinate system Coordinate system

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Mountain range A geographic area containing several geologically related mountains

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South Australia State of Australia

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Together with the Mann Ranges, the Tomkinson Ranges are an important part of the Pitjantjatjara homeland. The communities of Kalka and Pipalyatjara are located at the base of the mountains.

Mann Ranges mountain range in central Australia

The Mann Ranges are a mountain range in central Australia. It is located in the far northwest of South Australia, with a small section running over the border into the Northern Territory. It is 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.

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  1. 1 2 "Search results for 'Tomkinson Ranges' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and localities', 'SA Government Regions' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  2. L. A. Wells; F. R. George (1904). Reports on Prospecting Operations in the Musgrave, Mann and Tomkinson Ranges. Adelaide: Government of South Australia.