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The Pale Blue Dot image - Earth appears as a tiny dot within deep space: the blueish-white speck almost halfway up the brown band on the right

Wardan or Wardarn is Ocean in English. The wardan to the West of Noongar boodjar is the Indian Ocean, the wardan to the South is the Southern Ocean. Over two thirds (actually 70.8%) of the Earth's surface is covered by water, most of this water area is made up of the interconnecting system of Earth's oceans, called the "World Ocean". The Earth is actually a mostly blue water world or ocean planet. Water makes up 99% of the biosphere, or the zone of life on Earth, because although nearly 30% of the Earth's surface is land there is little life below ground, whilst life is plentiful in the ocean's depths.

Astronauts who have travelled to the Moon and looked back at the Earth have been struck how fragile and alone the Earth seems in space. The spacecraft Voyager 1 took a famous picture of the Earth from about 6 billion kilometers away showing the Earth as a "Pale Blue Dot", a single pixel in the image among bands of sunlight reflected by the camera.

Ngolak Wardan - Stories about the Ocean[edit]

Some spirit children or 'koolongurs' were trapped by the rising sea, so to save themselves they attached themselves to young 'mimang' (or 'mamang') wer 'kila' (or 'kwilena'). Now, whenever a mimang or kila beaches itself it is believed to be keny of the koolongurs returning home.

The coast is a special place because when a clan member died they were either buried il a dreaming trail or in the sand of the nearest coastal dunes. Djenark, the silver gull, flies above the coast wer the boodjar maintaining the link between those buried inland wer those buried il the coast.[1]

Djildjit (Fish)[edit]

Wardanal Moort (Sea mammals)[edit]

See also[edit]

Ngiyan waarnk[edit]

  1. Paul Amyes. (2010). "Perth's Best Bush, Coast and City Walks". Pub Woodslane