A Journey in Namib Desert, The Oldest One in the World

East part of Namib desert
Altitude 24,100 m

Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for roughly 55–80 million years, the Namib may be the oldest desert in the world and contains some of the world's driest regions, with only western South America's Atacama Desert to challenge it for age and aridity benchmarks.

    Around Sossusvlei, in the center part of the desert
    Altitude 3,200 m
    Around Sossusvlei, in the center part of the desert
    Altitude 5,900 m

    The sand dunes, some of which are 300 metres (980 ft) high and span 32 kilometres (20 mi) long, are the second largest in the world. Fogs that originate offshore from the collision of the cold Benguela Current and warm air from the Hadley Cell create a fog belt that frequently envelops parts of the desert. Coastal regions can experience more than 180 days of thick fog a year. While this has proved a major hazard to ships—more than a thousand wrecks litter the Skeleton Coast—it is a vital source of moisture for desert life.

    A road in the east part (D707) that runs along the dunes
    Altitude 2,600 m
    Typical pattern of dunes, south-east 
    Altitude 9,800m

    The Namib-Naukluft National Park, that extends over a large part of the Namib Desert, is the largest game reserve in Africa and one of the largest of the world. While most of the park is hardly accessible, several well-known visitor attractions are found in the desert. The prominent attraction is the famous Sossusvlei area, where high orange sand dunes surround vivid white salt pans, creating a fascinating landscape. Access to the park is either by gravel roads or dust roads (except for 60 km of concrete road from the Sesriem gate to Sossusvlei) or by light aircraft from Windhoek (the capital of Namibia, about 480 km (300 mi) north-east of the centre of the desert), or Swakopmund and Walvis Bay at the north end of the desert.

    Some dunes
    Altitude 9,600 m
    Altitude 7,700 m
    Altitude 6,800 m
    North part of the desert
    Altitude 25,100 m

    Images from Digital Globe / Google Earth - Text from Wikipedia

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