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A shot taken from the lower slopes of ‘Big Daddy’ dune in Sossusvlei.

Among the towering red dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park in the central Namib Desert is an area known as Sossusvlei. It is a strange and alien landscape. The rich red dunes that surround the area owe their hue to age -- over the thousands of years, the sand has literally rusted.

Sossusvlei is a wide, flat, salt-covered expanse with a dense and compact layer of clay in the subsoil. When dry, Sossusvlei is hard and arid, and when wet, as it gets every 5-10 years when fed by the Tsauchab River, it becomes sticky and plastic. The area is the river's final destination. Even in the wettest of years, the water soaks into the salt/clay pan, giving the area its nickname: "place of no return." Altogether the blue sky, red dunes, and white pans make a striking vision

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2769 W: 81 N: 6778] (30687)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-07-18
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/22, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-08-01 2:59
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