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Windhoek : Namibia | Aug 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM PDT
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Namib Desert Dunes

It clearly distinguishes the sand dunes of the Namib Desert - that is considered the oldest desert in the world. Partially located within the National Park Namib-Naukluft, it is also known to house the largest sand dunes in the world, reaching over 300 meters. These dunes along the basin of salt and clay Sossusvlei.

South of the desert region extends diamond Sperrgebiet. Between the two lies the colonial town of Lüderitz German who has thrived in the early twentieth century after the discovery of diamonds.

Further south flows the Orange River which forms the borderline between South Africa and Namibia before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean to Alexander Bay, where it colors the blue waters of the ocean to a green tint with alluvium.

Both cities are facing both sides of the river at its mouth: Oranjemund in Namibia on the north shore and Alexander Bay in South Africa on the southern bank. Both cities were founded in the early twentieth century to the mining of diamonds.

This image was taken July 4, 2011 by the camera MERIS (Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) Envisat in "full resolution".

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