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Dead Vlei

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Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park.
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: Dead Vlei in Namibia

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Dead Vlei in Namibia

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C: View over the Dead Vlei

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View over the Dead Vlei

D: Deadvlei

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F: Dune 45

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G: Dune in Sossusvlei

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H: Sesriem Canyon

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I: Sesriem after rain in march 2009

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Sesriem after rain in march 2009

J: Sesriem camp site

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Sesriem camp site



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