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Deadvlei

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Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. Also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means "dead marsh" (from English dead, and Afrikaans vlei, a lake or marsh in a valley between the dunes).Dead Vlei is surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, the highest reaching 300-400 meters (350m on average, named "Big Daddy" or "Crazy Dune"), which rest on a sandstone terrace. The clay pan was formed after rainfall, when the Tsauchab river flooded, creating temporary shallow pools where the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. When the climate changed, drought hit the area, and sand dunes encroached on the pan, which blocked the river from the area.The trees died, as there no longer was enough water to survive. There are some species of plants remaining, such as salsola and clumps of !nara, adapted to surviving off the morning mist and very rare rainfall. The remaining skeletons of the trees, which are believed to be about 900 years old, are now black because the intense sun has scorched them. Though not petrified, the wood does not decompose because it is so dry.

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A: View over the Dead Vlei

Af Martin Kneth, 270 meter væk

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View over the Dead Vlei

B: Deadvlei

Af Armin Leuprecht, 320 meter væk

Deadvlei

C: Dead Vlei in Namibia

Af holger-turck, 480 meter væk

Dead Vlei in Namibia

D: Dead Vlei

Af Martin Kneth, 530 meter væk

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Dead Vlei

E: Hidden Vlei, Namibia

Af Stephan Messner, 4.0 km væk

Hidden Vlei, Namibia

F: Dune 45

Af Arno Dietz, 18.4 km væk

Dune 45 is a star dune in Sossusvlei, Namibia. Its name comes from the fact that it is at the 45th ki...

Dune 45

G: Dune in Sossusvlei

Af Armin Leuprecht, 24.3 km væk

Dune in Sossusvlei

H: Sesriem Canyon

Af Armin Leuprecht, 57.6 km væk

Sesriem Canyon

I: Sesriem after rain in march 2009

Af Stephan Messner, 57.8 km væk

Sesriem after rain in march 2009

J: Sesriem camp site

Af Armin Leuprecht, 59.3 km væk

Sesriem camp site

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Text by Steve Smith.

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