The arid Namib desert is a barren place, as you can see in that areal view photo. A large dune forms around a massive ‘crater.’ On the bottom of that crater, you see rock formations. Around this crater forms the sand the enormous dune. Also, plants grow along the steep hills of the dunes.
The Namib Desert is a coastal land stretching for 1,900 km along the Atlantic coast of Africa from Namibia in Angola, across to the Olifants River in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The name of this arid desert comes from the Nama language. It implies that it is “an area where there is nothing.”
The Namib Desert is quite inhabitable, and not many people live here. Except for a few scattered towns where some live. A significant amount of the southern part of the desert consists of sand. This sand has a color that is yellow-grey near the coast. However, the more inland you go, the redder the sand becomes. The change in color is due to the rivers that flow inland but never quite reach the sea.
As you can see the Namib desert areal view photograph, the dunes can get impressive. One dune can have a length of 16 – 32 km / 10 – 20 mi. They also can reach heights from 60 – 240 meters / 196 – 787 feet. It is an incredible sight to behold. Especially from a little plane, so you can see the true vastness of this barren landscape. The average annual precipitation is generally about 13 mm at the coast, increasing inland until it reaches 51 mm.
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