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Kollmannskuppe 3

Kollmanskuppe is a ghost town in the Namib about 10 km east of Lüderitz. In 1908, diamonds were found nearby, which led to the foundation of the city. In the middle of an extremely hostile environment, within a few months, a city was built for up to 400 inhabitants, with its own hospital (with the first X-ray machine in Africa), sports hall, bowling alley, water supply, ice machines - all that Central Europeans could miss in southern Africa It was available. During this time Kollmanskuppe was the richest city in the world.

Soon the nearby diamond fields were dismantled and the search extended to more southern claims around Elisabeth Bay.

Around 1930, the diamond mining was discontinued here, and since then the desert has gradually returned to the city. Dunes migrate over and through the buildings and will spill or destroy them over the next decades.

Even today the area is restricted area, visitors can only come with permission and under surveillance here.

Looking into the corridor of the hospital. The Namib is just trying to take over the building and sends dunes through all the openings

Copyright: Martin Hertel
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 14000x7000
Taken: 16/09/2016
Uploaded: 20/11/2016
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: corridor; hospital; sand; dunes; namib; africa; hot; dry; hall; door; window; desert
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