Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Namib-Naukluft Desert

At 55 million years, the Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world. It gets less than .04" of rain a year, so most of its animals rely on dew and underground rivers that come to the surface occasionally for moisture. Its dunes are spectacular and stretch many miles inland from the sea. Some dunes are a thousand feet high and largely stationary. A few hardy souls rose very early to see them from a hot air balloon:

We had a high thin cloud cover the morning we went, so the shadows on the dunes at sunrise were not so dramatic as they might have been, but still quite beautiful. Notice the grazing oryx in this first one:

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