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Green and White Coloring of Etosha Pan, Namibia

18.7S 16.4E

May 4th, 2012 Category: Salt Flats

Namibia - April 28th, 2012

The Etosha pan is a large endorheic salt pan, forming part of the Kalahari Basin in the north of Namibia. The salt desert supports very little plant life except for the blue-green algae that gives the Etosha its characteristic colouring, and grasses like Sporobolus spicatus which quickly grow in the wet mud following a rain. Here, the eastern part of the pan appears greenish, while the western side is white in color.

This harsh dry land with little vegetation and small amounts of salty water, when it is present at all, supports little wildlife all year round but is used by a large number of migratory birds. The hypersaline pan supports brine shrimp and a number of extremophile micro-organisms tolerant of the high saline conditions.

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