sides. Gravel terraces beneath the sands contain the world’s largest deposit of gem
North of the river gravel and rock plains stretch as far as one can see, even from an
airplane. This area is harsher in appearance and even less hospitable to animal &
insect life. It is this part of the Namib that is called the Skeleton Coast . The treacherous
currents of the Atlantic Ocean have driven many a ship onto this desert where both
ships and humans per ish; there i s no fresh water available. Even a sailor who
survived the shipwreck would not last long on the Skeleton Coast.
There is less than one inch of rain annually in the Namib but dense fogs roll in off
the Atlantic and create heavy dews which add another l.6 inches of moisture to the
terrain. The temperatures at midday in the desert can reach 150 degrees F. The
marvel here is that anything living survives the drought and heat.
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