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Spitzkoppe
Africa

The Spitzkoppe (from German for "pointed dome"; also referred to as Spitzkop, Groot Spitzkop, or the "Matterhorn of Namibia"), is a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert of Namibia. The granite is more than 700 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1784 meters (5857 feet) above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700m above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak – the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby at an elevation of 1584 metres above sea level. Other prominences stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains. Many examples of Bushmen artwork can be seen painted on the rock in the Spitzkoppe area. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitzkoppe

Copyright: Arno Dietz
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Taken: 02/09/2010
Uploaded: 26/10/2011
Updated: 24/03/2015
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Tags: spitzkoppe; namibia; africa; afrika; berg; mountain; swakopmund; inselberg; matterhorn
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