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Eroded open over many millions of years, in the foreground and halfway up the mountain are deposits of meandering rivers passing through an arid environment. Then, in the late Triassic, more than 200 million years ago, the whole of present-day Southern Africa turned into a sand desert, the erosion remnants of which are widespread around the Lesotho Highlands and can be seen as fantastic shapes in the upper part of the mountain. I am doing a series on TN of how the environment changed over a period of 200 million years from cold and wet to dry and hot and I need only one more image before I can take the story further. Will travel for that this weekend.

The birds in the FG are a small bonus. Blue cranes, the national bird of South Africa, are fairly common in the area and the town of Indwe, not far from here, was named after them by the Xhosa name of the blue crane.

By the way, I do not know why it says here that the Eastern Cape is in the west of South Africa. It is, of course, in the east.

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  • Copyright: Neels Gunter (corjan3) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 251 W: 17 N: 441] (2053)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-09-02
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-09-03 9:58
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