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Orange Sands of the Southern Namib Desert, Namibia

25.2S 15.4E

May 20th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Namibia - April 28th, 2010

Namibia - April 28th, 2010

The Namib Desert is an almost rainless area in Namibia, visible here as an orange-colored zone along the coast. It is 50–80 mi (80–130 km) wide over most of its length, traversed by rail lines linking Walvis Bay with the Republic of South Africa.

The desert is basically a smooth platform of bedrock of various types and ages. In the southern half the platform is covered with sand. The eastern part, the Inner Namib, supports large numbers of antelope, while the shore area has a dense population of marine life.

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