Mt Connor (Atila)

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Mount Conner, also known as Attila and Artilla, and occasionally found as Mount Connor, is located in the southwest corner of the Northern Territory, 75 kilometres southeast of Lake Amadeus at the border of the vast Curtin Springs cattle station. It reaches to 859 metres above sea level and to 300 metres above ground level.

Mount Conner is a flat-topped and horseshoe-shaped inselberg, part of the same vast rocky substrate thought to be beneath Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta/Olgas. It can easily be confused with Uluru, since it can be seen from the road to Uluru and Kata Tjuta, when approaching from Alice Springs. It was named Mount Conner by William Gosse in 1873 after South Australian politician M. L. Conner.

The sedimentary layers of Mount Conner were deposited in a shallow sea during the Neoproterozoic Era (1Ga to 542Ma) in the then Centralian Superbasin, which was divided in several sub-basins at the end of the Neoproterozoic. The rock of Mount Conner is 200My to 300My older than Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta/Olgas. The surrounding layers of sedimentary rock eroded preferentially to those of Mount Conner leaving the mesa/inselberg that is seen today.