Mt Sonder-Rwetyepme, Jabiru, local names etc

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Subject: Mt Sonder-Rwetyepme, Jabiru, local names etc
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 18:27:16 +1000
I don't know if Arizona really stacks up as a mountainous region using absolute height as a metric if you compare it with a place with high mountains [like Nepal].

What counts is the amount of relief - In Australia anything with a summit more than 300 metres above its base would logically count as a mountain. Of course, in a really low place like England, anything with a summit over 1000 feet above sea level counts as a mountain.

Regards, Laurie.

On Thursday, April 26, 2007, at 10:10  AM, Robert Gosford wrote:

Dear all,

For those that are unfamiliar with it, Jabiru was created to house the mining crew from nearby ranger uranium mine - it later morphed into a half mine/half tourist town that is also in large part supported by the Aboriginal economy from local communities. The mine will reportedly close down within 5 years or so so a name change might be in line with its about-to-change demographics. I'd suggest something of relevance to the local Mirrar people - the traditional owners of the country - I'll see what I can come up with ...

BTW - the Arrente name for Mt Sonder is *Rwetyepme*, its Aboriginal <> name, is the second highest mountain <> in the Northern Territory <>, Australia <> at 1380 metres above sea level: per Wikipedia at:

Just having been in the truly mountainous country of Arizona & New Mexico for a few weeks I really have to laugh when I see what should really be only considered hills or mounts at best described as mountains...I mean, a 1,380 metre high mountain?



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