Fish River Canyon, when you stay on the rocks looking down to the canyon you feel so small-sized. The depth is so impressive that you could forget to take pictures.
The Fish River is, at 650 kilometres, the longest river in Namibia. Its source lies in the eastern Naukluft Mountains and flows south-west of Ai-Ais into the Oranje.
The Fish River canyon, situated along the lower reaches of the Fish River, is one of the most impressive natural beauties in the southern part of Namibia. It developed predominantly during the pluvial times - a rainy climatic epoch - many millions of years ago. With a depth of up to 550 metres, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, before the Grand Canyon in America. The enormous gorge meanders along a distance of approx. 160 kilometres through the fissured Koubis massif all the way down to Ai-Ais. The canyon starts near Seeheim, is 161 kilometres long and ends at Ai-Ais.
The Fish River Canyon probably formed about 500 million years ago. However, the gorge was not only created by water erosion, but also through the collapse of the valley bottom due to movements in the earth's crust.
Because the Fish River is being dammed in Hardap near Mariental, it only contains a small amount of running water. In winter, during the dry season, the river bed is often completely dry or reduced to only the occassional puddle. However, after rainfalls in summer the river can become a raging torrent.
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msadurski (230) 2013-03-02 11:00
Looks like the Grand Canyon, indeed. However the Grand Canyon is only the second or even the third largest canyon in the world. The Colca Canyon in Peru is twice as deep. And the Tsangpo Canyon in Tibet is actually deeper and longer than the Grand Canyon. Never mind. As far as as the picture is concerned - PP spoils everything :-( I mean - the contrast and/or sharpness are far too high. Of course this is my private personal opinion only.
kasianowak (2205) 2013-04-09 13:09
Amazing landscape. Interesting you mention the Grand Canyon, I guess it looks a bit similar.
Here is a shot of yet another great US canyon:
It's incredible how these places change depending on the light!
- Copyright: Kris Verhoeven (verswe) (7219)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-17
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon P7100
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Twins? [Part XXVI] [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-03-02 2:39