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Namib Desert: Abrupt Change from Orange Sand to Soil – April 6th, 2011

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April 6th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day

Namibia - March 31st, 2011

The Namib Desert occupies an area of around 80,900 km² (31,200 square miles) in Namibia, stretching from the Usiab River (north) to the town of Lüderitz (south) and from the Atlantic Ocean (west) to the Namib Escarpment (east).

Moving northward, the vast orange sand dune sea of the southern half of the desert gradually gives way to a rocky desert that extends all the way from Sossusvlei to the Swakop River.While most of the soil is rocky, sand dunes are still occasionally found in this region.

This image focuses on the border between the northern and southern parts of the desert, which appears as an abrupt change from orange sand to tan soil.

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