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View over the Namib from a dune at sunset

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The Namib Desert is one of the 500 distinct physiographic provinces of the South African Platform physiographic division. It occupies an area of around 80,950 km2.
The Namib's aridity is caused by the descent of dry air of the Hadley Cell, cooled by the cold Benguela current along the coast. It has less than 10 mm (0.4 inches) of rain annually and is almost completely barren. Besides rain being scarce, it is also hardly predictable. The western Namib gets less rain (5 mm) than the eastern Namib (85 mm).
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namib_Desert

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Africa

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A: Dune 45

di Arno Dietz, 2.8 km di distanza

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

Dune 45

B: Dune in Sossusvlei

di Armin Leuprecht, 8.4 km di distanza

Dune in Sossusvlei

C: Hidden Vlei, Namibia

di Stephan Messner, 12.0 km di distanza

Hidden Vlei, Namibia

D: View over the Dead Vlei

di Martin Kneth, 15.8 km di distanza

Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Na...

View over the Dead Vlei

E: Dead Vlei

di Martin Kneth, 15.9 km di distanza

Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Na...

Dead Vlei

F: Dead Vlei in Namibia

di holger-turck, 16.0 km di distanza

Dead Vlei in Namibia

G: Deadvlei

di Armin Leuprecht, 16.0 km di distanza

Deadvlei

H: Deadvlei

di Arno Dietz, 16.0 km di distanza

Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Na...

Deadvlei

I: Sesriem Canyon

di Armin Leuprecht, 43.1 km di distanza

Sesriem Canyon

J: Sesriem after rain in march 2009

di Stephan Messner, 43.2 km di distanza

Sesriem after rain in march 2009

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Africa

Questa è una vista generale di Africa

Welcome to Africa, AKA the motherland! Check out African Internet Radio while you're scoping the panoramas.

The earliest fossil of the homo sapiens family (human beings) was found in Ethiopia, dating back more than 200,000 years. Compared to this length of time, even the "ancient Sumerians" from 6000 B.C. are drooling toddlers.

Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.

In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.

Text by Steve Smith.

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