Namibia Flight Safari - 2012

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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