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Experts say that the dunes of the Namib desert have developed over a period of many millions of years.

It is believed that the Orange River in South Africa deposited over time enormous quantities of sand into the Atlantic Ocean. The sand was then regularly moved northwards by the strong Benguela current to be dumped back onto the land by the strong surf over hundred of kilometers.

The dunes on the coast developed as a result and were moved further and further east by the strong wind.
Dune 45 reaches more than 170 meters, and is apparently named (without imagination) after the distance in kilometers from Sesriem Canyon.

Dune 45 reaches more than 170 meters, and is apparently named (without imagination) after the distance in kilometers from Sesriem Canyon.

Early in the morning (you need to start the climb at 5am as it takes one good hour to reach the top), a popular adventure is to climb the mighty Dune 45 and reach the top just before the sunrise.

It is not an easy task, as you have to walk along the edge of the dune (about a foot wide) and your feet continuously sink into the sand. It just feels as if you will never arrive at the top, making it very harsh to continue.

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  • Copyright: Kris Verhoeven (verswe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 3 N: 1207] (7320)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-11-12
  • Categories: Nature
  • Camera: Nikon P7100
  • Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-01-15 12:06
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