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Popcorn Clouds by Edge of Namib Desert, Namibia

24S 15.0E

April 12th, 2012 Category: Clouds, Deserts

Namibia - April 11th, 2012

Popcorn clouds dot the skies over Namibia, near the edge of the Namibia Desert (left, along the coast). Most of the desert visible here is the southern section, a vast dune sea of orange and red sand dunes. It contains many of the tallest dunes in the world, some of which exceed 300 meters (984 ft) in height.

Cloud Vortex Off Coast of Namib Desert, Namibia

23S 15.1E

November 30th, 2010 Category: Clouds, Deserts

Namibia - November 30th, 2010

The spiralled shape of a cloud vortex is visible off the coast of Namibia, by the Namib Desert. Heavy fog and clouds are often present off the coast in this area, known as the Skeleton Coast due to the shipwrecks caused over the years by poor visibility from the dense fog.

The desert itself appears bright orange in color, gradually darkening as one moves inland. The tan area north of the orange is part of the desert, although it is composed mostly of bedrock rather than sand.

Cloud Vortex by Namib Desert, Namibia

24.7S 15.2E

March 10th, 2010 Category: Clouds, Mountains

Namibia - March 5th, 2010

Namibia - March 5th, 2010

A cloud vortex is visible just off the coast of Namibia, next to the Namib Desert. The orange sands of the desert gradually appear darker in color as they approach the Naukluft Mountains to the east.

Atmospheric phenomena such as fog and clouds along the coastline are common in this region due to the interaction of dry air from the desert with moisture-laden area from the ocean.

Clouds Along the Namib Desert Coast, Namibia

24.7S 15.2E

November 25th, 2009 Category: Clouds

Namibia - November 16th, 2009

Namibia - November 16th, 2009

The sands of the Namib Desert appear orange near the coast, changing to rusty red further inland. The desert stretches along 2000 km (1200 mi) of Namibia’s coastline. It is common to see clouds and fog hugging the shoreline, as can be observed here, a phenomenon caused by the interaction of moist sea air and dry desert air.

East of the desert, whose average width of the desert is only 113 km (70 mi), are the Naukluft Mountains in the Hardap Region. This massif in central Namibia forms the easternmost part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. They are known for their wildlife, including mountain zebras and leopards. The mountains have many small streams and waterfalls, while the Never Ending Hills lie to their east.