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Kolmannskuppe Diamond Mine Ghost Town
This is the site of Kolmanskuppe - a diamond mine ghost town near Luderitz, Namibia. The photo was taken on the hill above the town near the rusty water tank, beyond the tank is a salt water swimming pool. The view of the surrounding desert is stupendous from here. The town was built for the personnel and their families during the height of mining in this location. The mining company provided all the conveniences including an entertainment hall with a theater, gymnastic equipment, even a bowling alley! They had an ice house, a swimming pool (salt water pumped from the ocean 15 km away), a hospital (with one of the first xray machines), etc. The town was deserted when a better location for diamonds was found, and it wasn't until decades later the town of Luderitz realized a ghost town makes a good tourist destination.
Copyright: Frank Taylor
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 7000x3500
Taken: 05/02/2015
Uploaded: 21/02/2015


Tags: kolmannskuppe; namibia; diamond; mine; ghost town; desert; buildings; derelict; sand; africa
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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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