“The unique and overwhelming environments of Central Australia recite poems of water and evolution. Vertical ranges marked with tilted sedimentary lines show the history of an ancient inland sea (850 - 400 million years ago). The compressed layers of ocean deposits were pushed up (300 million years ago), creating kilometers of formidable rock formations that dissect the land. Wind, water, and time have sculpted these ranges to create sanctuaries for life to thrive, deep permanent water holes to fuel healthy and diverse ecosystems….here the world’s oldest surviving culture have lived for millennia. As I moved through the national parks surrounding Mparntwe (Alice Springs) I reflected on this antiquity, and realised how short humanity’s story is and how big our impact has been."