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Namib Desert, Etosha Pan and Okavango River, Namibia – March 16th, 2011

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March 16th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Rivers, Salt Flats

Namibia - February 17th, 2011

The Namibian landscape consists generally of five geographical areas: the Central Plateau, the Namib Desert, the Great Escarpment, the Bushveld, and the Kalahari Desert.

Much of this image is occupied by the Namib Desert. The sandy portion of the desert is visible along the coast in the lower part of the image. In the full image, many high rows of orange sand dunes can be observed.

To the north is the Etosha pan, a large endorheic salt pan forming part of the Namib Desert in the north of Namibia. The pan is mostly dry but after a heavy rain it will acquire a thin layer of water.

At the top of the full image, the Okavango River can be seen, marking the border between Namibia and Angola. The city of Rundu, the capital of the Kavango Region in northern Namibia, can be seen on the banks of the river near the upper right corner.