Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon was carved by the Tsauchab River and is only about a kilometer long and about 100 feet deep at its deepest. The name means "six belts" in Afrikaans, so called because settlers in the area had to drop buckets attached by six belts of oryx hide linked together in order to reach the water permanently available in the canyon and still used today by animals.

You can see the sedimentary layers in the walls, and the sheer force of the water when it runs high in cutting out these holes and steep walls.

What's left of the water after this year's rains:

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